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School Districts Worry About Financial Impact of Voucher Changes

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Schools could lose significant dollars if voucher expansion continues.

As lawmakers consider a deal that would avoid a large increase in the number of public school buildings where students would qualify for performance-based vouchers, Ohio’s largest school groups are raising concerns about it. 

The proposal from State Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) says only buildings getting F's would be removed from the list where students would qualify for EdChoice vouchers for the next three years.

Barbara Shaner with the Ohio School Boards Association says that would take 899 schools off that list of more than 1,200. But she says just $10 million has been set aside for high school freshmen who would be eligible for private school vouchers if their building is considered failing.

"That's going to be a cost to the districts for the next four years for that one student."

School groups are also concerned about the expansion of income-based vouchers, which the state does pay for.