School Choice in Ohio: Moving from Theory to Practice
Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Over the last twenty years, the education landscape in Ohio has dramatically changed as school choice policies have opened up public funding to private schools and charter schools, increasing school options for parents and students. In recent years, the utilization of Ohio’s school choice programs has rapidly grown, with more than 350,000 Ohio students participating in a school choice program in 2014. As these programs have grown, the amount of public funds involved in school choice program has also grown, well exceeding $1.5 billion in 2014. This rise has shifted the public discourse around school choice from theory to practice, with a greater focus on whether school choice policies are delivering on their promises of better student outcomes and great efficiency in the delivery of education.