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Educational Choices in Northwest Ohio Are Plenty at the School Fair

By Ann Riddle, Executive Director, Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund
Guest Column

In the spring of 1999, 6,600 families responded to an invitation to apply and the first Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund (NOSF) scholarships were awarded to 817 children that fall.  At that time there were very few choices for parents if they wanted to send their child to a private school rather than their designated public school. 

NOSF and its partner, the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF), were committed to empowering families in need with the opportunity to choose a K-8 school that best met their children’s needs regardless of their ability to afford it.

With the success of NOSF, other school choice opportunities followed. In 2005 the Ohio Department of Education EdChoice voucher was introduced. This program provided vouchers to students enrolled or planning to enroll in failing public schools. 

The state continued those efforts in 2013 with the EdChoice Expansion voucher, once again providing students of lower income families the opportunity to attend private schools rather than their public school. Together, these programs pay up to $4,650 for grades K-8 and $6,000 for grades K-12.  Last school year, a total of 2,398 vouchers were used by students living in Toledo.

NOSF has awarded a total of 15,400 scholarships worth $13.2 million for students since 1999.  For the 2018-2019 school year, 750 students are using an NOSF scholarship to attend a private school or for homeschool expenses for grades K-8. 

As part of its 20th year of awarding scholarships, the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, along with National School Choice Week, are presenting a 2019-2020 School Choice School Fair for Grades K-8. 

At the fair, families will be able to learn about the different educational options available in northwest Ohio including private schools, charter schools and homeschooling as well as tuition scholarships.  There will be representatives from 35 schools in the area as well as School Choice Ohio and the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund.

This free event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states.  There will be a total of 21,255 schools of all types celebrating.

"National School Choice Week is the perfect time for parents to search for new or different schools for their children," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "By planning a school fair and inviting all different types of schools to participate, the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is bringing educational opportunity one step closer to even more Buckeye State families. We could not be happier that they chose to plan this helpful fair during National School Choice Week, and we encourage families to attend and discover their options."

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is committed to helping parents have educational choices through privately funded scholarships.  Parental choice in education empowers parents to learn about the different educational options that are available for their child including public education, private education, homeschooling, online schooling, and choosing what is most impactful for their child. 

To learn more about some of the educational choices for your child be sure to attend the 2019-2020 School Choice School Fair on Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franciscan Center, located on the campus of Lourdes University, at 6832 Convent Boulevard.  For more information visit  https://tinyurl.com/SC-Fair-2019 or call the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund at 419-720-7048.




Copyright © 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 01/24/19 13:39:58 -0500.

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