Over 1,500 Advocates Attended School Choice Rally

On May 2, over 1,500 parents, students, teachers and advocates came together at the Ohio Statehouse to voice their support for school choice. We were thrilled to stand alongside so many advocates to let Ohio’s elected leaders know the important role school choice plays for families seeking the best education for their child.

The rally was emceed by Ohio Senator Matt Huffman, who is the sponsor of Senate Bill 85, which would greatly expand school choice in the state. Speakers at the rally included Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Senate President Larry Obhof, Representatives Andrew Brenner and Bill Patmon.  They emphasized the important role school options play in Ohio. We were also happy to have Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and Former Louisiana State Senator Ann Duplessis address the crowd. They traveled to the Statehouse to share their support for school choice and talk about why it is so important for all children to be in a learning environment where they can thrive.

We were fortunate to also have two students address the rally. Walter Blanks spoke to rally attendees and local media about how Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program helped pave the way for a bright future in college. Joining Walter was Victoria Langley, a sophomore at Cristo Rey High School, who shared her story of attending a charter school in her earlier education years and now her high school with the help of a state scholarship.

Check out the links below for our Facebook photo album as well as a couple of the news stories from the event.

· 2017 School Choice Rally Photo Album

School Choice Ohio Facebook

 · Children rally on Statehouse steps for school choice

WCMH- Columbus

 · More than 1,000 rally at Statehouse for school choice

The Columbus Dispatch


We would like to thank all of the school choice supporters who made the trip to the Statehouse to attend the rally. By coming together to voice our support for quality education, we sent a clear message to Ohio leaders that school choice empowers families to find the best fit for their child’s education.



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