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House Education and Career Readiness Committee Accepts Substitute House Bill 200

House Bill 200 to create the Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program received its fifth hearing yesterday in the Ohio House and Career Readiness Committee. The House companion bill to Senator Huffman’s Senate Bill 85 would create a statewide income-based scholarship program available to students in grades K-12. During yesterday’s hearing, the committee accepted a substitute bill, which is a bill that…

Essay Contest Winner: Avery Thompson

School Choice Ohio recently hosted an essay contest for charter school students. We are happy to congratulate Avery Thompson on her winning essay! Avery attends Toledo School for the Arts, and she wrote a compelling essay about finding a great learning environment at her charter school. Avery shared a wonderful story about being a puzzle piece searching for the right place to fit in. Her analogy…

Stories of School Choice: Heredia Aguirre Family

Stories of School Choice At School Choice Ohio, we have the pleasure of working with families who are in the process of finding the best learning environment for their child's needs. We are honored to share their stories with you, so that you can see how school choice is changing lives in our state. The Heredia Aguirre Family     Andrea and Jorge knew their public school was not…

Stories of School Choice: Walter's Story

Stories of School Choice At School Choice Ohio, we have the pleasure of working with families who are in the process of finding the best learning environment for their child's needs. We are honored to share their stories with you, so that you can see how school choice is changing lives in our state.  Walter's Story When Walter was younger, he struggled in his public school. He and…

Over 1,500 Advocates Attended School Choice Rally

On May 2, over 1,500 parents, students, teachers and advocates came together at the Ohio Statehouse to voice their support for school choice. We were thrilled to stand alongside so many advocates to let Ohio’s elected leaders know the important role school choice plays for families seeking the best education for their child. The rally was emceed by Ohio Senator Matt Huffman, who is the sponsor of…

House Bill 200: Opportunity Scholarship Companion Bill

State Representative Kyle Koehler recently introduced House Bill 200, a House companion bill to Senator Huffman’s Senate Bill 85. A companion bill is legislation introduced in one legislative chamber that is an identical version of legislation introduced in the other legislative chamber. Having the same bill pending in each chamber allows the House and Senate members the opportunity to work on the…

School Choice Essay Contest

Attention students! Do you attend a charter school? Are you attending a private school with the help of one of Ohio’s scholarship programs? We want to hear from you! School Choice Ohio is hosting a school choice essay contest, and we need your help spreading the word. There are three essay topics, and students can choose to write about one or all three. Essay contest winners will receive a gift…

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…