Confronting The Ed Choice Voucher Program

What is the Ed Choice Voucher Program

The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program provides students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program also provides low income students who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade the same opportunity. The program provides up to 60,000 EdChoice scholarships to eligible students.

What is being done and how is RCO involved?

Real Choice Ohio has been asked and is creating a plan to provide training and direct technical assistance to select Ohio Public School Buildings and Districts. This will minimize and/or prevent the voucher-supported exodus of public-school students to private and parochial schools. Real Choice Ohio (RCO) will build a plan to deliver training and technical assistance services to targeted schools and school districts identified as “Ed-Choice Vulnerable”. This effort will feature localized and regionalized training opportunities, as well as digital assistance and direct service to targeted schools and school districts. These services will include Real Choice Ohio’s structured tools and techniques, and will engage parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, and board members in this effort. This will become a major effort to reduce the outflow of public education students and their accompanying dollars dollars being channeled to private education environments.

How did we get here?

The removal of the Education Choice Cap from a previous Kasich Administration Budget Bill, and the $73M increase in statewide voucher funding for this new bi-annium budget demonstrate a real need to assist the targeted buildings and districts most negatively impacted by these legislative actions. Given the size of the voucher attack zones (500 plus schools in at least 4 of the OEA regions, representing almost one million Ohio public school children), and the scope of recruiting efforts by parochial and private schools, the need is real and combating efforts and action need to commence readily.

RCO Inititives:

  • Appointing and activating a SRAC - Student Retention Advisory Committee (please refer to the following page for representative make-up of the SRAC). 

  • Identifying the targeted buildings and districts in need of assistance while establishing successful combatting efforts and highlighting demonstration programs. 

  • Identifying partnering organizations to assist with communicating our targeted work to their members.

  • Identifying workshop locations across the targeted sections of the state.

  • Designing and scheduling these workshops to be conducted throughout the calendar year (Two to three workshops per targeted region).

  • Designing a communication plan for the targeted OEA regions, for both building awareness of resources in districts, and for the regional workshops.

  • Utilizing Real Choice’s Podcasts to educate others on the impact of lifting the Ed-Choice Voucher Cap.

Who will make up the Student Retention Advisory Council (SRAC)?

  • Elementary, Middle and High School Principals

  • Teachers

  • Superintendents

  • District Communications/Community Outreach Personnel

  • School Board Members

  • School P.R. Administrators

  • One School oriented PR Firm Representative

  • Steve Dyer, Policy Fellow of Innovation Ohio serving as Chair, including research resources for this effort supported by Innovation Ohio

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