Ohio parents offered testimony on Tuesday to the House Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 242, which would create a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for individuals, couples, and businesses that donate to nonprofit scholarship-granting organizations.
Parents with children who currently receive a scholarship through the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund (NOSF) to attend a private school were among the witnesses. Through their testimony, committee members heard how receiving a scholarship made a positive impact on the lives of their children. The parents encouraged the legislators to pass HB 242 so that many more students could have the same opportunity given to their children.
Below are excerpts from their testimony.
“I am pleading with you to pass House Bill 242. For myself, this will allow me more flexibility to pay for the additional tutoring and academic needs my son may have. For others it will allow them to attend the school that they know will give their sons and daughters a better opportunity.”
- Crystal Posey, Parent
“Without this scholarship we would not have been able to send our children to the private school. I can’t tell you how grateful we are for this scholarship and for all the kind and considerate people that have made this possible. It is my hope that the tax credit proposed in House Bill 242 would make this same opportunity available to more families like mine.”
- Martha Meek, NOSF Parent
“House Bill 242 would provide additional incentive for current donors as well as encourage new donors to support the program which would mean more scholarships for students to have the choice to attend private schools.”
- Ann Riddle, NOSF Program Coordinator