Ohio recognized for expanding education scholarships
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)
An education analyst and school-choice advocate is praising Ohio, where action by the state legislature means approximately half the student population is eligible for private school scholarships.
Heritage Foundation analyst Jude Schwalbach tells One News Now that Ohio expanded its Educational Choice Scholarship Program in November by bumping the family income limits. The expansion means thousands more students in grades K-8 can receive $4,650 to pay for private school tuition and high schoolers are eligible for $6,000.
In a commentary about the program, published at The Daily Wire, Schwalbach advises that Ohio students have lots of choices: Almost 500 schools accept the scholarship funds, and the funds cover 90 percent of the cost at elementary schools and 62 percent for high school instruction.
Schwalbach tells One News Now a student from a family of four, with an income of $65,500 or less, is eligible.
"A recent survey in September showed that many district school teachers didn't feel prepared to teach classes online,” he says, “whereas private school teachers, and teachers in charter schools, indicated that they felt more prepared."
One lingering factor in Ohio, and anywhere education scholarships provide more opportunity, is the powerful teachers’ unions that oppose scholarship programs. There is also the factor of COVID-19 and some public schools struggling to do their jobs amid the pandemic.
“Fortunately this [program expansion] really focuses on helping families, especially in this really difficult time,” Schwalbach insists, “where district schools are not able to maybe meet the needs of families in ways they typically would have been able to before."
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