Do Ohio’s school choice scholarships defund public school districts? 

Do Ohio’s school choice scholarships defund public school districts? 

Most families in Ohio choose their public schools for their child’s education.  With that in mind, would it make sense to reduce funding for the largest educational option in our state?   Those in opposition to school choice would have people believe that educational funding is taking money from public education to fund scholarships for the…

Do School Choice Scholarships Negatively Affect Diversity?
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Do School Choice Scholarships Negatively Affect Diversity?

There is much debate about educational choice, not only in Ohio but all across the country.  One consistent argument made by those who oppose school choice is that Ohio’s scholarship programs have resulted in lack of diversity or the “haves” or “have nots” in education.  That is a claim that needs to be closely examined. …

Yes! You heard that right…EVERY child!

Yes! You heard that right…EVERY child!

Now, EVERY student is eligible for a Universal School Choice scholarship to attend the (participating) private school of their choice.  Students in grades K-12 whose family’s household income is at 450% of the Federal Poverty Level or less qualify for the full scholarship award of $6166 (K-8) and $8408 (9-12).  Students whose family’s household income…

Can tax dollars really transform into tuition?

Scholarship Granting Organizations are a lifeline to families trying to access school choice for their students. It is very simple…yes!  Ohioans can now designate their tax dollars toward tuition assistance to students at the school that they choose. HB110, Ohio’s biennial budget passed in July 2021, included a provision for the establishment of Scholarship Granting…

Congress Should Follow Ohio School Choice Lead

Congress Should Follow Ohio School Choice Lead

by Rabbi Eric “Yitz Frank and Peter Murphy Ohio made education history nearly 22 years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Zelman vs. Simmons-Harris (2002) that the city of Cleveland’s education voucher program was constitutional, such that parents, not the government, freely exercised their First Amendment religious freedom to select schools for their…

Tips for Success – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tips for Success – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Does the thought of a parent-teacher conference give you some anxiety? It doesn’t have to! Parent-teacher conferences are an important tool in your child’s education. A successful parent-teacher conference can provide benefits throughout the school year for both you and your student. Just a few hints to make your conference more successful: A few questions…

Ohio’s Educational Options are Better than Ever!

Ohio’s Educational Options are Better than Ever!

The passage of HB33 (Ohio’s biennial budget) has expanded and improved the educational options for students, making Ohio a national leader in educational choice. Ohio families now have true choice when it comes to their student’s education and these changes are just in time for the 2023-24 school year! Key points in the biennial budget…

Is Ohio’s Proposed Budget Legislation on the Right Track for Education?

Is Ohio’s Proposed Budget Legislation on the Right Track for Education?

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman held a press conference to detail the Senate version of the state’s biennial budget.  As budget legislation moves closer toward the final version and ultimately the Governor signing it into law, it is important to note that Ohio stands on the edge of passing the…

Fixing Ohio’s Charter School Funding Gap

by Aaron Churchill, The Fordham Institute Charter School Funding Inequity Ohio unfairly shortchanges students who attend public charter schools. On average, students attending a brick-and-mortar charter school receive just 70 cents on the dollar – or 30 percent less funding – than students who attend traditional district schools. The funding gap hurts charter schools and…

It’s About the Kids!

It’s About the Kids!

School Choice is in the spotlight, not only in Ohio but across the United States. We have an opportunity to advocate for expanded school choice for Ohio families. The public, including our elected officials, need to hear how educational choice has made a difference in the lives of students. Your story matters. By sharing your…