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Incoming Ohio Senate President Proposes New Plan For School Voucher Program

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Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s Ed Choice private school voucher plan for more than a year. Too many schools and families have become eligible in recent years as the state has changed its school performance standards. 

The Senate's president-elect is proposing a new plan to fix it.

Republican state Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) was elected last week to lead the Senate next term. He says that, as the metrics for the school report cards have changed, the number of schools from which students can qualify has swollen to over 1,200.

As a result, some parents who live in wealthier, high-performing districts have become eligible for the private school vouchers. Huffman's plan makes two key changes.

“It’s relatively high-poverty schools and it’s not schools in the top 80% of the performance index," Huffman says.

Families of four that make up to $65,000 total annually would be eligible if they live in a qualifying school district.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.