House Bill 200 to create the Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program received its fifth hearing yesterday in the Ohio House and Career Readiness Committee. The House companion bill to Senator Huffman’s Senate Bill 85 would create a statewide income-based scholarship program available to students in grades K-12.
During yesterday’s hearing, the committee accepted a substitute bill, which is a bill that includes a number of changes. Substitute House Bill 200 makes the following revisions to the bill:
- The bill limits spending from Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to approved K-12 related expenses.
- The bill includes a cap of 60,000 scholarships available, with an automatic increase of 10% any time the amount of applications reaches above 90% of the cap.
- The bill now extends eligibility to 8th grade students who are currently attending a private school.
School Choice Ohio has prepared an updated information sheet for Senate Bill 85/House Bill 200 that is available on our website. Please print and share it with your family, friends and community leaders.
Are you interested in meeting with your legislators to talk about why you support the Opportunity Scholarship? School Choice Ohio can help! Contact Dan Talik, our government affairs director, at 614-223-1555 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and he can work to schedule the meetings on your behalf.