State lawmakers have spent recent weeks hearing testimony on two separate bills that would expand the program in Ohio, including the governor’s budget proposal that would raise the number to 60,000 available vouchers by 2013.
House Bill 136, introduced in March, would create two new statewide voucher programs — one for K-12 students that would replace the EdChoice and Cleveland scholarship programs, and another for special education students.
“We’re not opposed to choice, but we do believe private schools should not be paid for with public money,” said Damon Asbury, director of legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association in Columbus. “We believe the focus of the General Assembly’s attention should be on children in the public school system of Ohio,” Asbury said.
But Chad Aldis, executive director of School Choice Ohio, disagrees.
“The dollars we spend on education are to educate the kids,” he said. “Our position is the money should follow the child to where the parents believe they can get the best education.”
Staff Writer Eric Schwartzberg contributed to this report.