With over 150,000 Children in School Choice Programs in Ohio, the LeBron James-backed Charter School Gives Parents One More Option

Earlier this week, NBA great and future legend, LeBron James, announced that he plans to extend his already robust reach and impact on education by opening the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.

The charter school is set to open in the Fall of 2018 and will begin first with third and fourth graders then extend from first to eighth grade by 2022.

Apart from being his childhood and current home, Ohio is one of the best states James could have selected to build what I am imagining will be his first of many schools.

Ohio is one of 23 states plus the District of Columbia that allows low-income parents and parents with special needs children the right to choose where their child is educated AND, if needed, financially supports that decision through various scholarship programs.

During the 2015-2016 school year alone, more than 40,000 students in the state received a scholarship to leave their underperforming neighborhood school to attend a private school of their parent’s choice.

Charter schools in the state, like James’ I Promise School, have seen success too with an enrollment of more than 100,000 students in 2014.

When it comes to providing children with the best education possible, there can never be too many options. With the addition of the I Promise School, families in Ohio continue to win.

For more information about private school choice programs in Ohio, visit: https://www.federationforchildren.org/state/ohio/.