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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield school board opposes House Bill 59

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  • Springfield Local stands behind educational opportunities.
    But the Springfield Board of Education also believes in the quality of public education. That is why the board is taking a stand to protect it.
    During the board’s regular meeting March 19, members supported a resolution to oppose the provision of House Bill 59 that calls for the transfer of public dollars to support private education.
    Board member Dave Hofer abstained until reading more of the bill.
    “I think everyone here opposes transferring of public dollars to charter schools and that is what it is talking about,” Stauffer said.
    “We want to send a message, like many other schools in Ohio, it is not OK,” Stauffer said. “We are continually asked to do more with less, yet charter schools will be doing less with more.”
    Board member, Cindy Collins agreed that every child deserves to be educated, but said transferring public dollars to charter schools “is not a solution at all in my eyes.”
    “I think the state needs to find another way,” she said, “rather than shipping dollars from public schools to charter schools.”
    “If parents want to send their children to private schools they should have that right,” Board President Neal Hess added, “but I don’t think it should be subsidized at the expense of public schools.”
    Treasurer, Chris Adams said already $800,000 is leaving the district per year and going to for-profit schools.
    “It is going to get worse,” he said.