Know the FACTS: EdChoice Scholarship Program - The Impact on Fairfield City Schools

Does Fairfield City School District have schools designated as “underperforming?” Yes. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, FCSD has seven (7) schools with this designation:  Central, Compass, East, North, and West elementary schools; Creekside Middle School; and Fairfield Senior High School. South Elementary, Crossroads Middle, and the Freshman School are not included in this designation.

 What criteria is used to determine this designation? The Ohio Department of Education is using data from the Ohio School Report Cards from 2013-2014, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 to designate a school or schools meeting one or more the following conditions (impacted FCSD schools are listed in bold):

  • Performance – If any of the following is true for two report cards from 2014, 2018, 2019: If the school received a Performance Index grade of D or F and a Value-Added (overall) grade of D or F on the 2014 report card, the school received an overall grade of D or F or a Value-Added (overall) grade of F on the 2018 or 2019 report card.  Creekside Middle and Fairfield Senior High School are designated in this category.
  • Graduation – The school serves grades 9-12 and received a Graduation Rate grade of D or F on any two report cards from 2014, 2018 and 2019.
  • Lowest 10% - The school(s) ranked in the lowest 10 percent of public school buildings on the Performance Index on the Ohio School Report Cards for any two Performance Index rankings from 2014, 2018 and 2019; the school did not receive an overall grade of A or B on the 2019 report card.
  • Literacy – The school received a grade of D or F for Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers on any two report cards from 2014, 2018 and 2019. Central, Compass, East, North and West elementary schools are designated in this category.
  • District Performance – No districts are eligible under this criterion.
  • Academic Distress – The school’s public district has an academic distress commission.
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How can a school be removed from this designation? Removal criterion is unclear at this time. We have reached out to the Ohio Department of Education for clarification on exit criteria and will share this information once we have a response.

What is the amount of the EdChoice Scholarship? $4,650 for students entering grades K-8 in 2020-2021, and $6,000 for students entering grades 9-12 in 2020-2021.  The first application period begins February 1, 2020, and ends April 30, 2020.  The second application period begins July 1, 2020 and ends July 31, 2020.

Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?

  • Students currently attending a private/parochial school in grades 9-11, even though they have never attended a public high school.
  • Students attending a public school in their resident district who will be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.
  • Students eligible to enter kindergarten for fall 2020 (and who will be five (5) years of age by January 1, 2021, who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools).
  • Students enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.  

Will private/parochial schools be required to accept all students who are eligible for EdChoice Scholarship payment?

  • Private/parochial schools will continue to have a selective entrance process for enrollment of students. It is at the discretion of the private/parochial school as to which students are accepted to attend. They do not have to accept any student if they do not want to enroll that student. 

What will be the projected financial impact to FCSD?

  • The state will deduct from our public school district funding to cover the cost of scholarships awarded per student from our district.
  • The projected impact will be financially devastating for the FCSD and many other public school districts. It is difficult to predict the number of students who will leave the FCSD or who are already attending a private high school. We are projecting the financial impact to be:
For fiscal year 2020-2021:              $3,373,500

For fiscal year 2021-2022:              $3,540,000

For fiscal year 2022-2023:              $3,717,150

For fiscal year 2023-2024:              $3,900,300 

Total estimated loss from fiscal years 2021 – 2024:          $14,530,950

What’s next? The Ohio Legislature is currently considering the effects and possible amendment of this program. If you have concerns, contact your legislators IMMEDIATELYWe have included a list with contact information to assist you. Thank you in advance for your help!

 

How to contact your legislators

Governor Mike DeWine- 614-644-4357 https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/contact

 Senator Matt Huffman- 614-466-7584 huffman@ohiosenate.gov or https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/huffman-m/contact

 Senator Bill Coley- 614-466-8072 coley@ohiosenate.gov or https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/coley/contact

 Senator Lou Blessing III- 614-466-8068 rep29@ohiohouse.gov or https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/blessing/contact

 Senator Steve Wilson- 614-466-9737 https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/wilson/contact

 Senator Cecil Thomas 614-466-5980 https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/thomas/contact

 Rep. Sara Carruthers- 614-466-6721 rep51@ohiohouse.gov or http://www.ohiohouse.gov/sara-p-carruthers/contact

 Rep. Candice Keller- 614-466-5094 http://www.ohiohouse.gov/candice-keller/contact

Rep. George Lang- 614-466-8550 http://www.ohiohouse.gov/george-f-lang/contact

Rep. Paul Zeltwanger- 614-466-6027 http://www.ohiohouse.gov/paul-zeltwanger/contact

Rep. Cindy Abrams- 614-466-9091 http://www.ohiohouse.gov/cindy-abrams/contact

Rep. Bill Seitz- 614-466-8258 rep30@ohiohouse.gov or http://www.ohiohouse.gov/bill-seitz/contact

 

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