Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), released the following statement on the signing of Ohio’s education budget, which includes funding for expanding quality public charter schools, private education choice and industry certification incentives.
“This investment in students gives working-class families and underserved communities access to outstanding educational opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.
“We applaud Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, House Speaker Larry Householder, Senate President Larry Obhof and members of the Ohio General Assembly for their commitment to prioritizing Ohio’s students and putting them on the path to high-paying, sustainable jobs and lifelong success.”
The Ohio budget includes:
- $60 million over two years to incentivize high-quality charter school networks to open new schools in Ohio
- Expands eligibility for the EdChoice scholarship, a school choice voucher program currently limited to helping lower-income students in grades K-5 attend private schools, to all students and matches this with a $50 million appropriation
- $50 million over two years to incentivize students to earn industry-recognized credentials prior to graduation so they are prepared for high-skill, high-wage careers that are in demand