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OEA and Policy Matters Ohio leaders joining to discuss critical need for federal COVID-19 relief funding for schools

[August 7, 2020] As federal lawmakers consider legislation to provide COVID-19 relief to the country, Policy Matters Ohio Executive Director Hannah Halbert and Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Scott DiMauro will answer questions from community members and reporters about the critical need for this aid for Ohio’s schools as they prepare to reopen for remote and in-person learning this fall.

OEA and Policy Matters Ohio are hosting a joint press event via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11, at 11 a.m.

The event will also be streamed via the OEA and Policy Matters Ohio Facebook pages. OEA Members and the wider community are invited to take part by submitting their questions and comments through that forum.
“Ohio’s children are heading back to school – either in person or virtually – parents and teachers are under enormous pressure to navigate educating children in the middle of a pandemic,” said Policy Matters Executive Director Hannah Halbert. “To do this safely, in a way that protects kids, their families, our communities, and the people who work in our schools, there will be increased costs. Elected leaders must ensure schools can meet these new and incredible challenges, and shouldn’t be permitted to pass the buck to educators, or kids and their parents.”

OEA is pleased to present Policy Matters Ohio with this year’s Friend of Education Award, which recognizes a person or organization whose leadership, actions, and support have contributed to the improvement of public education on a statewide and/or national level.

“Policy Matters is a true Friend of Education,” OEA President Scott DiMauro said. “The research institute’s work to provide data-driven analysis shapes the debates around important public education issues in the state, helping decision-makers fully understand and appreciate what is best for Ohio’s students and educators.”

“Like Policy Matters, OEA believes education can be society’s great equalizer if all students can attend safe, high-quality schools, no matter where they live,” DiMauro said. “OEA is grateful to have such a strong ally in its ongoing battles against the damaging EdChoice vouchers program and Ohio’s unconstitutional school funding system, which disproportionately hurts students in poor school districts. Now, more than ever, securing fair funding for all of Ohio’s public schools is crucial for all students’ success and safety.”

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