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Lawsuits Hurt Kids

What is the lawsuit?

There is trust between the government and citizens of OHIO to protect an individual’s right to freely speak, teach and learn.

Ohio offers a number of scholarships which benefit kids on the autism spectrum, kids with special needs, kids living in underperforming school districts, and kids living in poverty.

The scholarships take a small portion of per-pupil state funds that normally follow kids to their public school district, and instead follow kids to a different school chosen by their parents.

When a kid leaves a public school, the actual net effect is that the public school has MORE per-pupil dollars, since all the local dollars stay in place and now there is one less kid to teach.

In spite of this, a number of public school districts are SUING YOU AND ME – the people of Ohio – so they can shut down some of these scholarships.

They are also SUING YOU AND ME to limit parents’ rights and parents’ choices.

What happens if they win?

First, some of the kids receiving scholarships today will be denied this support.

Second, their parents will have their rights cut back.

Third, the school boards will be emboldened to limit other rights of parents like clear communication, transparency, the right to speak at board meetings, the right to be involved in their kids’ education – because we have already seen this happen across the country!

What can you do?

Call your school board president and ask him or her to TAKE BACK THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE LAWSUIT.

We ask that you pass a resolution stating:

“Our school district is NOT taking a stand in the anti-parents’ rights lawsuit and we ask that the ‘Vouchers Hurt Ohio’ coalition remove our school district from their website and all other materials. We do NOT support the lawsuit against Ohioans in this matter.”

Here’s the list of school districts supporting the lawsuit, with phone numbers

Sign this petition asking your school board to support this BILL OF PARENTS’ RIGHTS

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We believe every family is entitled to following rights:

1. Parents shall have the right to respect from their elected representatives on the school board and all staff, including teachers and administrators. Parents shall be treated with the same dignity and civility they extend to school officials.

2. Parents shall have the right to access their child’s academic records, evaluations and any other data or records that a school has compiled on their child.

3. Parents shall have the right to ensure their child is reading and doing math on grade level and that their child graduates ready for postsecondary success.

4. Parents shall have the right to know the credentials of their child’s teacher(s), including whether the teacher is teaching out-of-field.

5. Parents shall have the right to know the amount of public funding being provided for their child’s education.

6. Parents shall have the right to know how their child’s school performs relative to state standards and to other schools in the district of record.

7. Parents shall have the right to enroll their child in courses that best meet the child’s needs, aptitudes and potential.

8. Parents shall have the right to know what curriculum is being used in their child’s school as well as the homework assignments, assessments and other classwork expected to be completed by their child.

9. Parents shall have the right to access digital devices and home broadband services to support the educational needs of their child.

10. Parents shall have the right of access for their child to participate in accelerated coursework, work-based learning and other college and career readiness opportunities.

Who are we?

We are Americans for Prosperity. We are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization devoted to removing barriers and defending the rights of individuals in a free society. We are working to help parents to organize with each other and collaborate in defending their rights to educate their children in ways that support and affirm their values.