BUDGET UPDATE: The Ohio House of Representatives released its budget changes in early April. At the time it was overshadowed in the media by tax reform and Medicaid expansion, but funding for eSchools was restored to the approximately $5700 per pupil level that we currently receive.
But the budget is far from done.
The Ohio Senate is now debating the budget. We need to make sure the Senate keeps the changes made by the House and beyond that, funds eSchool students equally to all other public school students (including even brick and mortar charter schools).
Based on the 2011-12 Cupp Report on the Ohio Department of Education's website, the average total expenditure per pupil in traditional public schools was $10,697 per pupil. In contrast, eSchools are funded at 64% of that level.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Writing a personal letter to your senator can be one of the most effective ways to communicate to him or her.
So take a moment to write a short and personal letter to your Senator urging them to fund eSchools fairly – maybe let your eSchooler help. You might be surprised at what a BIG difference sending a letter could make.
READ A SAMPLE LETTER -- Let it inform and guide your letter, but add in details of your personal story with eSchools to make it more effective. Or you can write your own letter entirely from scratch which gives you the best chance at being heard by your Senator.
FIND YOUR SENATOR – Look up your Senator’s name and address