Board member Sally Green presented how, under the expansion, vouchers would be available to numerous families and students who have never attended Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools, yet local public taxpayer dollars ($4,650 for K-8 students; $6,000 for high school students) would be taken from the district to pay for a child's private or parochial education elsewhere.
"It is completely unacceptable that local public taxpayer dollars can be diverted from high performing school districts to private schools with no publicly elected governance and no public accountability," Mr. Murphy stated at the Board meeting and at Stark County press conference on Thursday.
"When community residents vote for levies to support their local school district, they safely assume that 100% of their levy dollars remain in the district. This expansion completely eradicates that assumption and quite honestly violates the constitutionality of the whole process."
"We understand and respect a family's decision to educate in a private or parochial setting. That decision, however, should then be privately funded or straight-line subsidized by the state rather than diverting local public taxpayer dollars from the district to other private, for-profit entities," expressed Mr. Murphy to the Board.
The Board urges district parents and residents to call or email legislators to express opposition the EdChoice Voucher expansion.
Senator Jay Hottinger
Representative Brett Hillyer
Senator Matt Huffman
Senator Peggy Lehner
Senate President Obhof
House Speaker Householder
Representative Don Jones
Representative Bill Seitz