Ohio Department of Education's EdChoice Scholarship Program
Know the Facts and Impact on Anthony Wayne Local Schools
“Unconstitutional”, “Unintended consequences”, “Changes to come”, all words that you may think are coming from the national news about politicians in Washington. Unfortunately, these are words people are using to describe State of Ohio legislation called EdChoice. I would like to share with you how this current legislation may affect Anthony Wayne Local Schools (AWLS) and provide some insight on those who suggest that AWLS has “underperforming” schools in our District.
What is EdChoice?
The EdChoice Scholarship Program provides up to 60,000 scholarships to students who attend “Underperforming” schools of a public school district, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education. Public Schools can be designated as “Underperforming” based on data from a school building’s Local Report Card that is created by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) each year. Students who live in the attendance zone of the ODE designated “Underperforming” school are eligible to receive a scholarship to attend a private/parochial school that has signed up to be an EdChoice provider school. As a result of a legislative change this past summer, over 400 of the 610 school districts in Ohio had at least one building designated as an EdChoice school. Unfortunately, with a change in legislation this past summer, the number of school districts with buildings on the EdChoice list ballooned from 40 (FY 2019) to 420 (FY 2021). in For the 2020-21 school year, Whitehouse Primary and Waterville Primary have been placed on the EdChoice list.
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