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FAQ - Senator Huffman's Proposal

Senator Huffman announced this week his plans to introduce a bill that would create the Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program, which would consolidate the EdChoice, Income-Based and Cleveland scholarship programs into one program with eligibility based solely on income.  See more details below. If you have a question that isn't answered below, give us a call at 614-223-1555. You can also click here…

School Choice Ohio Applauds Senator Huffman’s Plan to Expand School Choice

School Choice Ohio Applauds Senator Huffman’s Plan to Expand School Choice COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 21, 2017) – School Choice Ohio Executive Director Kaleigh Lemaster issued the following statement upon Senator Matt Huffman’s announcement he will introduce legislation to create a new statewide scholarship program: “School Choice Ohio applauds Senator Huffman for his plan to create a new statewide…

U.S. Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

The U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education.  Kaleigh Lemaster, executive director of School Choice Ohio, issued the following statement: “I applaud the U.S. Senate for confirming Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Mrs. DeVos has spent many years fighting on behalf of families across the nation, including here in Ohio, to ensure that all…

Scholarship Application Windows Now Open

The application windows for four of Ohio’s scholarship programs open today, Feb. 1, for the 2017-18 school year.  Families will work with the participating school and/or provider of their choice to complete the scholarship application. The school or provider will submit the application once it is complete. See some program highlights below, or click on the scholarship for more details. If you…

School Choice Ohio’s Advocacy Days a Success Thanks to Champions

In celebration of National School Choice Week, School Choice Ohio hosted two Advocacy Days during which we invited families and providers to share their stories with members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate.   Our school choice champions met with 27 legislative offices during the two days. They shared their stories and helped illustrate the positive impact that Ohio’s scholarship…

Ohio Elected Leaders Recognize School Choice Week

This week we are joining with our friends around the nation to celebrate National School Choice Week. We had the privilege of receiving resolutions from Ohio’s leaders recognizing the week and the importance of school choice.  Click here to read the resolution from Governor Kasich. Click here to read the resolution from Senate President Obhof.  Click here to view the resolution…

Cleveland Scholarship application window extended to August 12

The Ohio Department of Education has announced on their website that the application window for the Cleveland Scholarship will be extended until August 12. The Cleveland Scholarship is available to families who reside within the Cleveland Metro School District and can be used toward tuition at participating private schools. Scholarships are renewable through high school graduation.  To apply,…

Enrollment now open for STABLE Accounts

Enrollment is now open for STABLE Accounts -- the nation's first savings plan for people with disabilities. Click here to open a STABLE Account today! With the creation of a STABLE Account, eligible participants are able to save money, invest money and spend money on qualified expenses such as healthcare, education, housing and transportation – all without affecting participants’ eligibility…

Sales tax holiday this weekend could help back-to-school shopping

It’s almost back-to-school season, and that means it’s time to shop for new school supplies! To help with your back-to-school shopping, the state of Ohio is offering a sales tax holiday this weekend. Thanks to Senate Bill 264, Ohio will have a one-time sales tax holiday that will only happen in 2016. Beginning Friday, August 5, at 12:00 a.m. and ending Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 p.m., the following…

EdChoice Scholarship Program Rule Review comments due this Friday!

The Ohio Department of Education is reviewing the EdChoice Scholarship Program rules. The rules are posted online for you to review and provide comment. Review the posted rules online here. Once you have had an opportunity to review the rules, you can submit your comments to the Ohio Department of Education via email to edchoice@education.ohio.gov. It's important that your voices are heard,…