Sunday, January 23 kicked off National School Choice Week, a movement to gain support for educational options such as charter schools, universal vouchers and tuition tax credits. Speaker of the House John Boehner lent his support to National School Choice Week, as have a number of policy organizations.
President Barack Obama’s proposal for revising No Child Left Behind, which is up for reauthorization this year, includes plans to start or expand high-performing public charter schools, to provide options for children in low-performing public schools, and to support magnet schools. According to the Alliance for School Choice, approximately 5 percent of American children are currently participating in school choice programs. In all, 12 states, including Ohio, have targeted private school choice programs, which provide families with tuition vouchers or tax credits for supporting organizations that grant children scholarships to the school of their parents’ choice.
Affiliated with National School Choice Week is School Choice Ohio. In addition to providing a resource for parents regarding school choice, School Choice Ohio helps parents get access to the Educational Choice Scholarship Program, for children attending consistently underperforming schools, the Autism Scholarship Program, and the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program. During the 2009-2010 school year, more than 17,000 children participated in Ohio school choice programs.