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School choice advocates rally for more Ohio funding for private schools
Gov. Kasich's budget allows for some growth in the program

Jo Ingles
In The Region:
Hundreds of backers of private schools that accept state-funded vouchers rallied at the Ohio Statehouse today. Cindy Roth, who's raising two grandchildren in Cleveland, was one of those who showed up to tell lawmakers to provide more funding for the state’s voucher program.
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“Public schools right now in Cleveland just don’t offer the kids a whole lot. My boys went there, but times have changed over the last 20 years. And I’m glad I have the choice for them (her grandchildren).”

Both the budget plan proposed by Gov. John Kasich and that brought forward by Republican leaders of the Ohio house continue the state funded vouchers and allow for some growth in the program.
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Public schools are the basis of our democracy and need to be carefully tended and safeguarded. The issue is not that the school is public vs private, especially since we know that most charter schools do not even do as well as the public schools. The issue is what is the appropriate level of support for those students and schools.
The well-being and nurturing of all children is the responsibility of all citizens, even if you only do it out of self-interest. Schools and students need individualized support, based on the level of poverty and home support available.
Taking tax money from the public school and giving it to private, for profit schools is anti-democratic, anti the American dream. Do the right thing by the public schools.

Posted by: Jene Wilson (Cleveland) on April 11, 2013 10:04AM
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