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Ohio Supreme Court justices dismiss school choice lawsuit

WSYX/WTTE Columbus |

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed Citizens for Community Values v DeWine, a legal challenge to legislation freezing EdChoice scholarship enrollment passed in January 2020.

The suit, Citizens for Community Values vs. DeWine et al., was meant to preserve the rights of thousands of Ohio schoolchildren in poorer-performing school districts to choose their preferred school and have the tuition subsidized by their home district, up to $4,650 – $6,000 per student. However, in the 2020-2021 school year, the number of schools deemed “poor” on the state report card more than doubled, from 517 in 2019 to more than 1,200 in the current year.

Public schools were in uproar over the potential budget hit, including many that had not previously been required to participate in EdChoice.

In late January, the Ohio legislature and Governor passed Senate Bill 120 to “freeze” the program at just 517 eligible schools — but did not include “emergency” language in the bill. As such, the freeze should not have legally taken effect until April or May, according to Citizens for Community Values, and EdChoice applications and processing should have begun as expected on February 1st. However, the Ohio Department of Education did not process any applications.

“ODE is violating the law by refusing to receive, process, and award EdChoice Scholarships,” the lawsuit stated, asking for an order from the Supreme Court to spur ODE to act.

Later in the spring an emergency coronavirus relief bill HB 197, accomplishing much the same on EdChoice as SB 120, was passed and signed into law.

On Thursday, the Ohio Supreme Court found that due to HB 197 the Citizens for Community Values’ point was no longer relevant and dismissed the lawsuit.

Read the full court opinion.

Catholic schools not the enemy of public schools

Cincinnati Enquirer – Catholic Superintendents of Ohio |

“Catholic schools and public schools are not competitors, but partners. Parents deserve to choose freely from many exceptional school options, representing the best learning environment for their children. The Catholic schools in Ohio are grateful to the state of Ohio for leading the nation in supporting the parental right to choose the educational option that best matches their family values.”

Catholic Superintendents of Ohio

Catholic Superintendents of Ohio: Matt Daniels (Diocese of Toledo), Adam Dufault (Diocese of Columbus), Mary Fiala (Diocese of Youngstown), Susan Gibbons (Archdiocese of Cincinnati), Frank O’Linn (Diocese of Cleveland), and Deacon Paul Ward (Diocese of Steubenville).

The response to a Cincinnati Enquirer article was originally issued on Aug 28th through the Ohio Catholic Conference. It was published as an Opinion piece on Sept 18th in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Supreme Court Rules Montana Religious Schools Can Receive Funding

NPR |

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the U.S. Constitution.

In the 5-4 decision, the court said that states need not fund private schools, but once they do, they cannot disqualify some private schools because they are religious.

Asked whether she is using crisis to support private school choice, DeVos says ‘yes, absolutely’

Chalkbeat |

In an conversation with DeVos on SiriusXM radio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of New York, suggested that the secretary was trying to “utilize this particular crisis to ensure that justice is finally done to our kids and the parents who choose to send them to faith-based schools,” including through a new program that encourages states to offer voucher-like grants for parents.

“Am I correct in understanding what your agenda is?” Dolan asks.

“Yes, absolutely,” DeVos responded. “For more than three decades that has been something that I’ve been passionate about. This whole pandemic has brought into clear focus that everyone has been impacted, and we shouldn’t be thinking about students that are in public schools versus private schools.”

Group that won Ohio school-funding suit now challenging vouchers for private schools

Columbus Dispatch |

The coalition sent messages this week seeking support from Ohio’s 600-plus public school superintendents, saying, “We cannot stand silent witness to the systematic dismantling of the public school system.” The lawsuit, expected in a few weeks, already has support from both teachers unions in the state.

Editorial: The Great Voucher Research Conundrum

Mike McShane is a Forbes’ contributor who studies K-12 education, including entrepreneurship and school choice.

There has been a mountain of research conducted on private school choice programs. At our last count, more than 140 studies attempt to in some way measure the impact that these programs have on students.

In the popular perception (well, as popular as parsing the research literature on school choice can be) there is a conundrum at the heart of the research: students who participate in these programs are not helped by them, while students who don’t participate are.

How could this be? How could private school choice programs be more beneficial to the students who are left behind in public schools than those that use them to attend private schools?

Mike McShane

Parent group pushes Democratic presidential contenders on charters, winning audience before Biden and Warren

via Chalkbeat |

The Powerful Parent Network is getting meetings, but not concrete promises, from some leading Democratic candidates for president.

The meetings highlight the strides Powerful Parent Network — a group that supports school choice and drew headlines last November for confronting Warren at a campaign event — has made in getting the ear of some leading Democratic presidential candidates.

Study on anti-LGBTQ policies in private voucher schools rejected by Florida lawmakers

via Tampa Bay Times |

Lawmakers advanced efforts to expand Florida’s private school voucher programs even as the embers of a fiery debate over anti-LGBTQ policies in some of the schools sparked renewed conflict.

This voucher was just created last year, and nearly 18,000 were handed out. The bills would increase next year’s number of vouchers to about 46,000, with an annual increase each year equal to 1% of the total Florida student population.

But superseding the typical controversy over vouchers was the debate over private schools that have policies barring gay and transgender students from attending. The issue was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel, which found that there were 83 private, religious schools accepting tax credit-funded scholarships with these policies in writing.