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Updated News and Stories about School Choice in Ohio

The Heredia Aguirre Family's Story

Andrea and Jorge knew their public school was not a good fit for their children. They looked into private schools, but they could not afford tuition for all four of their children. One day, Andrea received a phone call from School Choice Ohio to let her know that her children were eligible for the state's EdChoice Scholarship Program. They thought it was too good to be true. The family now has three…

Second Application Window Opens July 1 for EdChoice Scholarship Program

The second application window for the EdChoice Scholarship Program will open on July 1 for eligible students who would like to apply for a private school scholarship for the 2018-19 school year. The application window will remain open through July 31, 2018. Created in 2005, the EdChoice Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who attend the state’s lowest-rated public schools to be…

No second application window for Income-Based Program

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will not be opening a second application window this year for the Income-Based Scholarship Program. The state budget bill, signed into law in June 2017, gave ODE the ability to cancel the program’s second application window if the program’s appropriated funds were depleted by awards made to applicants who applied during the first window. While the department…

HB 200 Receives Ninth Hearing

House Bill 200, to create the Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program, recently received its ninth hearing before the Ohio House Education and Career Readiness Committee. While the bill was on the agenda for a possible vote, the committee did not vote on the bill. Committee members heard proponent testimony from the following: Walter Blanks College Student and School Choice Advocate EdChoice…

Makhayla's Story

  Growing up, Makhayla was picked on in her public school. In fourth grade, she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. The bullying continued, and Makhayla started acting as though she didn’t care about her education. “I knew that wasn’t who I was, but I didn’t like the way I was being treated," said Makhayla. "I didn’t like the constant bullying. I didn’t like how people were perceiving me,…

Elizabeth's Story

Elizabeth is the mom of two boys who attend a private school with the help of Ohio’s Income-Based (EdChoice Expansion) Scholarship Program. She noticed an instant change in her boys once they started at the private school. She felt relieved and happy, and her boys are soaring in their new learning environment. Elizabeth says it gave her so much joy as a parent to actually see her children want…

Autism Awareness Month

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, please take a moment to watch the following powerful stories that we have shared over the past few years. These families all have a child on the autism spectrum. Their children are receiving an education tailored specifically to their unique learning needs with the help of Ohio's Autism Scholarship Program or Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program.           William's…

AFC National Policy Summit

We encourage you to attend the American Federation for Children’s Ninth Annual National Policy Summit, on May 2 and 3, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The AFC National Policy Summit is the nation’s premiere event on educational choice, joining together policymakers, advocates, and leading business and media figures to ensure that all children in America have an equal opportunity to receive a quality education. Past…

Yonah's Story

When Yonah attended public school, she says she often saw fighting and bullying. She felt herself becoming emotionally numb in the environment. Yonah’s mom applied for an EdChoice Scholarship for her daughter. Now Yonah attends Heritage Christian School in Canton, Ohio, with the help of the scholarship. She recalls being nervous before her first day at her new school, but her nerves were quickly…

Lydia's Story

In kindergarten, Lydia's teacher let her family know she was struggling to pay attention in class. She often came home with bad grades and teacher comments. At the end of kindergarten, Lydia was diagnosed with high spectrum ADHD. As Lydia entered first grade, her family tried everything to help, but she was still receiving complaints from the teachers, and she became very sad. A family friend told…