Scholarship Parents Testify on House Bill 200


House Bill 200, which creates the Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program, received its sixth hearing last month in the Ohio House Education and Career Readiness Committee. This bill, sponsored by Representative Koehler, is a companion bill to Senator Huffman’s Senate Bill 85 and would create a statewide income-based scholarship program available to students in grades K-12.

During the bill hearing, the committee heard from parents and stakeholders about the importance of school choice. Among those who testified were two parents of scholarship recipients.

The first to testify was Shari Perkins, whose sons were recipients of the EdChoice Scholarship through their graduation from high school. Shari also works as a school choice counselor here at School Choice Ohio, so she is often talking with other families who are excited to learn about the scholarship programs.

In her testimony, Shari urged Ohio’s elected leaders to support House Bill 200, and she shared the impact the EdChoice Scholarship had on her family.

When speaking about her work as a school choice counselor, Shari said “It is a tremendous feeling to hear the joy, happiness and even tears when they find out that they have a choice that they never knew they had. I know that feeling of relief and it brings me great joy to give it to another family.”

Click here to read Shari’s full testimony.

Adan Ramos also testified in support of House Bill 200. Adan’s daughters are recipients of the EdChoice Scholarship. His daughters love their school, and Adan spends his free time helping to spread the word about Ohio’s scholarship programs so other families know they have options for their child’s education. Click here to read Adan’s story.

Click here to read Adan's full testimony.

Are you interested in meeting with your legislators to talk about why you support the Opportunity Scholarship? Do you want to share your story with legislators? School Choice Ohio can help! Contact Dan Talik, our government affairs director, at 614-223-1555 or dtalik@scohio.org, and he can work to schedule the meetings on your behalf.


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