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Ohio GOP seeks to expand school vouchers
State Rep. Matt Huffman introduced legislation to eliminate restrictions and caps to Ohio's school voucher program.
Story by ANNA STAVER


 

State lawmakers are considering a bill to dramatically expand Ohio’s school voucher program which goes toward tuition for students at private schools. Lima Representative Matt Huffman introduced the bill today (Wednesday).   It would eliminate the requirement that a student be from a state-recognized failing public school district in order get the vouchers. He also wants to eliminate a cap on the number of private-school vouchers.

But, Bill Leibensperger from the Ohio Education Association says the state would better serve students if it focused on reducing class size and improving public schools. 

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 Representative Huffman says the bill will save the state money because each voucher would be limited at just 80 percent of what the state allots to the public schools to educate that student.  He says if just one percent of Ohio’s public school students used the vouchers it would save the state $70 million.

 
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