May 2, 2017
Excellence in Education in Action was proud to join more than a thousand Ohio residents and dozens of partner organizations today to support school choice in the Buckeye State. Parents and students joined teachers and school officials at the Ohio Statehouse to urge the Legislature to support Senate Bill 85.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman, would provide low- and middle-income families with the opportunity to find the best educational fit for their children’s unique needs. The “Ohio Opportunity Scholarship” would provide up to $7,500 for families to use toward the best learning environment for their children. Families with a household income at or below a designated threshold would be eligible.
“Ohio has made great strides in recent years to provide options for students who need and deserve access to the right educational fit for their unique learning needs. ExcelinEd in Action is proud to partner with Senator Huffman and the many forward-thinking policymakers and groups who are fighting to help ensure every student in the state has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” – J. Alex Kelly ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director
In addition, the bill simplifies the application process for income-based scholarship opportunities. More than a million students would be eligible to participate.
“Parents deserve quality educational options for their students. If their current school isn’t the best fit, it affects that student’s learning,” said Sen. Huffman. “I want to make sure that our poorest Ohioans and our hard-working middle class Ohioans, can secure the best educational fit for their child.”
According to School Choice Ohio, the organizer of today’s rally, more than 45,000 scholarships were provided to Ohio students this year through five existing scholarship programs.
Students currently receiving the Cleveland, EdChoice and the needs-based EdChoice Expansion scholarships – as well as their siblings — would automatically be eligible for the new program regardless of their family income.