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Breaking down the money in Ohio's EdChoice voucher program and the cost to public schools

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OFFSETTING ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT AS I’VE LEARNED, THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE

>> SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAKE OUT ON THIS TODD: STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOM BRINKMAN VOTED TO EXPAND OHIO’S EDCHOICE SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM HE’S ALSO AMONG THOSE WHO THINK OHIO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVE MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO COVER ANY DOLLARS LOST WHEN A STUDENTS IN UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS USE VOUCHERS TO GET A PRIVATE EDUCATIO >> THEY ARE GETTING A LOT OF MONEY PER KID THEY DON’T SEND THAT EXACT AMOUNT ALONG WITH THE KID TO THE PRIVATE SCHOOL SO THEY ACT AS IF THIS IS A BIG LOSS ON THEIR PART

NO, IT’S NOT TODD: ACTUALLY, IT DEPENDS ON WHERE PUBLIC STUDENTS GO TO CLASS FOR EXAMPLE, A SPOKESWOMAN FOR OHIO’S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TELLS ME THE STATE FUNDS EACH STUDENT IN CINCINNATI’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO THE TUNE OF AROUND $2900 IF A FRESHMAN AT AN UNDERPERFORMING HIGH SCHOOL LIKE WESTERN HILLS GETS AN EDCHOICE VOUCHER VALUED AT 6 GRAND, THAT ENTIRE AMOUNT COMES OUT OF THE CPS BUDGET, WHICH MEANS, THE DISTRICT LOSES MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT WAS ALLOTTED BY THE STATE FOR THAT STUDENT >> WE HAVE TO FIND THIS MONEY, WHICH MEANS THAT MY NEIGHBORS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR THIS ON A LEVY AT SOME POINT

TODD: CPS BOARD MEMBER MIKE MOROSKI WOULD LIKE TO THINK STATE LAWMAKERS WHO SUPPORT EDCHOICE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IT’S HAVING ON PUBLIC SCHOOL BUDGETS >> TO BE FAIR, TO REPRESENTATIVE BRINKMAN AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES, THIS IS REALLY COMPLEX STUFF TODD: BECAUSE, FOR MOROSKI, THE OTHER POSSIBILITY IS SOMETHING BIGGER AND MORE SINISTER >> IT DOES FEEL LIKE AN EFFORT TO DEMONIZE PUBLIC EDUCATION ASHLEY: — SHEREE: GREAT STORY HERE

I KNOW YOU USED CPS AS AN EXAMPLE BUT NOT EVERY DISTRICT TAKES THAT SAME FINANCIAL HIT TODD: RIGHT SOME ARE BETTER AND SOME ARE WORSE OHIO HAS ANOTHER COMPLICATED FORMULA TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH MONEY EACH DISTRICT GETS IN STATE FUNDING THE ODE TELLS ME DISTRICTS MUST FUND IT SCHOOLS AT $6,020 PER STUDENT

THE STATE GIVES EACH DISTRICT MONEY TO REACH THAT NUMBER BUT SOMETIMES THAT’S AS LITTLE AS 5% AND CAN GO ALL THE WAY UP TO 90% BUT NEVER THE FULL AMOUNT COMPARE THAT TO WHAT THE DISTRICT HAS TO PAY TO COVER THE COST OF VOUCHERS, VOUCHERS ARE $4650 FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AND $6,000 PER HIGH SCHOOL SO THE MATH GETS COMPLICATED QUICKLY BUT DEPENDING ON THE DISTRICT AND THE STATE FUNDING THE HIGHEST-FUNDED DISTRICTS COULD MAKE A LITTLE EXTRA ON ELEMENTARY STUDENT VOUCHERS WHILE EVERY DISTRICT WILL LOSE SOME MONEY, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, FOR EVERY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WHO GETS A VOUCHER SHEREE BANK THAT IS A LOT TO DIGEST TO

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