Ohio Federations of Teachers Responds to Senate Vote Against Concurrence with House Vouchers Bill

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February 12, 2020
Contact: Neil Bhaerman, Communications Director, Ohio Federation of Teachers
(412)266-4899; nbhaerman@oft-aft.org
Ohio Federations of Teachers Respond to Senate Vote Against Concurrence with House Vouchers Bill
OFT President Melissa Cropper released the following statement on the Senate vote against concurrence with the House version of SB 89:
“Senate Bill 89, as amended and passed by the House was the best option on the table to address the urgent problem of the looming EdChoice voucher expansion. We’re disappointed that the Senate majority rejected this bipartisan compromise from the House. 
Moving forward, as HB 9 and SB 89 both go into conference committees, we’ll be organizing our 20,000 active and retired members to engage with their legislators and fight for the following principles: keeping as much public money in our public schools as possible; holding school districts free from the harm of unfunded voucher deductions; and ending the accountability gap in public education funding by holding voucher-receiving schools to the same high standards as public schools.
We thank our allies in both chambers for their hard work on this issue, and also our fellow advocates for public education including Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, League of Women Voters, and many more. 
Together, we will protect and strengthen public education for our students.”
The Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) is comprised of more than 50 local unions representing 20,000 members who are active and retired public school teachers, charter school teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, and public employees. OFT works to advance quality education and a voice in the workplace for Ohio’s education professionals. OFT is affiliated with the 1.7 member American Federation of Teachers.