Lima schools oppose EdChoice expansion

LIMA — Lima schools are opposed to the possible expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship program in Ohio.

Opposition to the program was spelled out on the Lima schools website in a posting made Tuesday.

The program provides up to 60,000 scholarships to students who attend schools deemed “underperforming” by the Ohio Department of Education. Lima schools fit that description due to grades earned from recent State Report Cards.

The scholarships must be used to attend a private or parochial school that meets certain requirements. All the private schools in Lima qualify for the EdChoice scholarships.

“While the Lima City Schools have lived under the voucher program for many years, the expansion will have a devastating impact on our district,” the posting stated. “The Lima City Schools will lose nearly $150,000 additional dollars this school year.”

The posting urges people to contact Gov. Mike DeWine, State Sen. Matt Huffman and State Rep. Bob Cupp.

If lawmakers are to make any changes to the program they must do so by Feb. 1.

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