Ohio GOP lawmakers propose public school reforms

It seems that every Republican MP is sponsoring a bill on education in this General Assembly.

From expanding school vouchers to posting curricula online and limiting how counties can raise local dollars, the Ohio Legislature is overwhelmed with ideas for education reform.

Taken separately, some bills seem small, gradual refinements. But together they represent a fundamental overhaul of Ohio’s public education system.

“If you look at all of these bills together, I think it creates a really clear picture of what is happening to the attack on public education,” said Ohio Teachers Federation President Melissa Cropper. “The right wing is trying to divide us and pass bills to create a cultural war.”

But Chad Aldis, a supporter of school choice and vice president of the Fordham Foundation in Ohio, says many of these bills are just test balls or the beginning of a conversation: interesting, but ultimately unlikely to pass.

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