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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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League appeals to Senate, House for meaningful education reform

Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2009

In a letter to central Ohio's delegation to the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus supported meaningful education reform in HB 1, the Biennial Budget.

The letter was sent to:

A similar letter was sent to members of the Budget Conference Committee:

The letters were sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of Ohio. The full text of the letter to central Ohio's delegation follows:

On behalf of the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to ensure that HB 1, the Biennial Budget, contains meaningful education reform with regard to school funding and accountability. Please urge your colleagues on the Budget Conference Committee to take these recommendations into consideration.

First, the League supports the Evidence-Based Model (EBM) for reforming school funding included in the House-approved version of HB 1. Ohio’s school children deserve a comprehensive education and school funding system. After years of living under an unconstitutional school funding system, EBM will help stabilize funding for school districts and meet the educational needs of students. EBM increases the state share for education from 50 percent to 61.6 percent when fully phased in after 10 years. School districts in the lowest wealth quintile will receive 80 percent of their funding from the state, and school districts in the wealthiest quintile will receive 30.8 percent of their funding from the state.

Second, the League supports the provisions for increased accountability for school districts and charter schools contained in the House-approved version of HB 1. That version establishes several new accountability requirements for school districts and authorizes the State Board of Education to oversee all community school sponsors, requiring community school teachers to meet federal highly qualified standards. 

Finally, the League opposes the provisions for a Special Education Scholarship program, similar to the vouchers established in SB 6, and supports the portion of the House version of HB 1 that eliminates corporal punishment in all schools, similar to HB 26.

Thank you for your consideration of the League’s request to restore the Evidence-Based Model and accountability provisions in the budget.