Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's School Choice Signup Time Around the Country

Things happen fast in Ohio!

The very day after Gov. John Kasich signed into law a state budget that significantly expands school choice options across the Buckeye State, the program was already benefiting from some of the new provisions. Between now and August 15, parents can once again apply to enroll their children in Ohio's EdChoice voucher program—welcome news for families who missed out on receiving a voucher when there were more applicants than available scholarships after the program's original deadline in April.

Not only is the cap on the number of applicants rising, but eligibility requirements have changed to allow more families to apply, too. All parents need to know is that they have an additional month and a half to give their kids a shot at escaping their current, failing schools.

Below is a video from a local news station that details the new application period and how parents can apply:

But while parents have until the middle of next month to apply in Ohio, the clock is ticking even faster in the nation's capital! There are just three more days for families to apply for the newly-reauthorized D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, and we're participating in an event on the final day of signup: this Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Anthony's School at 12th and Lawrence St. NE in D.C. Please encourage any families looking to help their kids to fill out an application! We'd be happy to help with the process.

There's so much at stake not just for the families involved, but in terms of how this will shape our broader discourse surrounding school choice and how we should all rally to help families once the politics ends. In that spirit, check out this great op-ed from Kevin P. Chavous that ran in yesterday's Washington Times. Right now we should only have one thing on our minds—helping as many families and children get the best education they can!

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG

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