Ohio State PTA recently sent the call to action below. This is one of those
times when our voices, as parents of and supporters of, traditional public
education in this state need to be heard.
House Bill 153 calls for the re-distribution of funds that are currently marked for
traditional public schools (like the Westlake City School District) and
transfers those funds to voucher re-imbursement programs for parochial and
private school children and to develop charter schools. There is a place for
voucher programs and charter schools as part of school choice, however, voucher
programs and charter schools should not exist at the expense of traditional
Our State Senator, Tom Patten, needs to know that we in Westlake believe in
traditional public education and that enough is enough. Traditional public
education needs to be a priority to help maintain Westlake City Schools’ ranking
as Excellent with Distinction.
What can you do? Let your voice heard – it is very, very easy. Only a couple of
clicks on your internet browser. State PTA has taken care of the notice - all
you need to do is go to www.ohiopta.org and look for the ADVOCACY tab at the
top. Capwiz is the cover page - and just click.
STATE ACTION ALERT FROM OHIO STATE PTA:
MAKE PUBLIC EDUCATION A PRIORITY!
Dear Ohio PTA Member,
The Amended Substitute House Bill 153 was passed by the House of Representatives
on May 5. This version of the budget includes components that increase vouchers
and charter schools while cutting funding for gifted education and slashing
funding to K - 12 education.
The bill has now moved to the Senate. We need to contact our Senators to let
them know this is unacceptable. As a PTA member, concerned citizen and parent,
let them know that public education is a priority in Ohio!
You can send a message to your Senator by going to the capwiz tool on the Ohio
PTA website and filling in your information.
Go to the Ohio PTA website: www.ohiopta.org
Advocacy Page (tab at top)
Capwiz (Hit Take Action)
Fill in your information and hit send.
Please take action today and help Ohio PTA let our state leaders know that
education is a priority!