COLUMBUS, Ohio. — In response to the Ohio Senate passing HB 33, which includes expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship program, Government Affairs Director Tiffany Barfield released the following statement on behalf of yes. every kid.
“By voting to expand the EdChoice Scholarship program, the Ohio Senate is putting power in the hands of more families and expanding learning opportunities for children. As we know, families want a personalized approach to education that recognizes every child as unique, instead of a one-size-fits-all education system. This is a strong step in that direction.
“We are grateful for the efforts of President Matt Huffman and the entire Senate and look forward to working to advance bottom-up, innovative approaches to education that meet the needs of every Ohio kid.”
HB 33 includes an expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship program, which empowers families with the resources to help them to afford to attend private schools. Currently, only students who attend chronically low-performing public schools are eligible. Under HB 33, all students are eligible for scholarship awards. Students whose families earn under 450% of the federal poverty line will receive the full award; students whose families earn over 450% of the federal poverty line will receive a reduced amount.