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Rep. Kent Smith joins other Dems in call for immediate fix to EdChoice

House Democrats vow to make education improvements a priority in 2020
December 18, 2019
Kent Smith News

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and State Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon), who serves as Ranking Member on the Committee of Primary and Secondary Education,issued statements today concerning the immediate need to fix the state’s EdChoice voucher program.

“Expanding the EdChoice voucher program is the last thing we need to do. We have expressed concerns about this program in the past and how it takes resources away from our public schools. Taking even more public resources away from even more districts is not the answer,” Rep. Robinson said. “Our statehouse offices are being flooded this week with concerns from superintendents and parents from around the state not wanting this expansion to happen and Ohioans insisting we act on this now, prior to the February 1 application process opening. The expansion of this program presents a real strain on local school systems that are already stressed and takes taxpayer money out of our public schools. Fixing our broken voucher system is a top priority for House Democrats as we begin 2020 and we vow to work across the aisle to repair the state’s broken educational system as quickly as possible.”

Lawmakers will not return from the holiday break for committee meetings until the week of January 21 which presents a problem with the application period for the EdChoice voucher program beginning on February 1.

“As a 12-year Euclid School Board Member, I was always shocked and dismayed by the creative ways Columbus would take money from our public school district,” Rep. Kent Smith said. “Now as a member of the Ohio House, the school funding shell game continues and our public schools always lose.

“Public education is the backbone of this nation’s future economy and our shared democracy. To remove that investment will jeopardize every Ohio community.

“1.6 million Ohio public school children deserve better from their elected Columbus leaders.”