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 Scholarship Recipient
Click here to read Walter’s testimony.
- Alyson Miles
Director of Government Affairs
American Federation for Children
Click here to read Alyson’s testimony.
- Kim Preston
Midwest Regional Legislative Director
Excellence in Education in Action
Click here to read Kim’s testimony.
House Bill 200, sponsored by Rep. Koehler, would consolidate Ohio’s three existing non-special needs scholarship programs – the EdChoice, Income-Based, and Cleveland Scholarship programs – into one statewide, income-based program for students in grades K-12.
Want to make your voice heard?
Here are some steps you can take to help show the state’s elected leaders why school choice is important for Ohio students and their families.
Share your school choice story
School Choice Ohio can help share your story with Ohio legislators. Simply fill out the contact form at this link or call us at 614-223-1555 and tell us how school choice is helping your child reach his or her full potential.
Contact your legislators directly
Tell your legislators how important school choice is for your family and why you think more families should be able to choose the best learning environment for their kids. You can find the contact information for your legislators here, or feel free to give us a call, and we can help set up a meeting for you to talk with your legislators.
School Leaders – Invite your local legislators to visit your school
It’s important for Ohio’s leaders to see your schools in action. If you are a private school leader, consider inviting your local legislators to your back-to-school events to give them an opportunity to interact with your students and their families. Share your school’s story with them and tell them what makes you unique. Be sure to talk about how Ohio’s scholarship programs have made a difference for your students. If your school needs assistance in arranging a visit with a legislator, we are happy to help.