How Vouchers Hurt Ohio

When we let vouchers drain funds from our public schools, our kids suffer. Students don’t have the resources they need to succeed and we are all hurt as a result.

Vouchers started as a “pilot program,” but quickly ballooned out of control as lawmakers continue to change the criteria for “qualifying” districts. Ohio is fast becoming the Wild West for vouchers.

The program has grown from $42 million in 2008 to more than $350 million this year. Vouchers are a refund and rebate program for parents who, in many cases, never intended to enroll their children in public schools. The draining of these resources places a burden on local property owners and taxpayers and deprives our children of the high quality education they need and deserve.