The Confronting EdChoice Voucher Project
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 the Program?
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.
About the CECV Project
The CECV Workshop Series
About the Workshop Series
The EdChoice performance-based voucher program has grown from a 40-district, 60 million dollar program ten years ago to a 140-district, 150 million dollar program today, with the potential of becoming a 400-district program for the 2021-2022 school year. As massive budget cut forecasts are projected for school districts over the next 2-3 school years, the last thing these districts need is hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars being diverted to subsidize private school tuitions.
There's a way to fight back.
It's called the Confronting EdChoice Voucher initiative, a series of interactive, web-based conferences designed to help districts deal with the growing budgetary threat of EdChoice vouchers. The series will tell you everything you need to know to help prevent more state money from leaving your kids' pockets and going to unaccountable private schools.
The first half of the Workshop Series, Pillar 1: Overview of the EdChoice Challenge and Pillar 2: Student Retention and Return are available now. Pillar 3: Parent and Student Communication will be released the week of July 5th.