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Education Department - Catholic Conference of Ohio

About the Education Department

The Catholic Conference of Ohio's Department on Education serves those involved in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, religious education, youth and young adult ministry, and college campus ministry. 


Legislative Report on Education Policy & Budgetary Report - Winter & Spring 2022

Legislative Report on Items in HB 110 (State Budget) Impacting Chartered Nonpublic Schools - Summer 2021

Fact Sheet on Catholic Schools in Ohio with Summary of Programs of Tax-Supported Assistance for Students, Families and Educators- 2021

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Catholic School Families Granted Intervention in EdChoice Lawsuit

Judge Page's order states their claims share "a common question of law and fact"

  • Posted: May. 16, 2022
  • Categories: Education

The Catholic School Family Applicants are made up of families whose children specifically attend Catholic schools. These families are Catholic and non-Catholic and from different socioeconomic, racial, and geographic backgrounds. They have all expressed specific reasons why they have chosen to use the EdChoice scholarship to send their children to a Catholic school.

Judge Jaiza Page of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court granted these families' motion to intervene in the EdChoice lawsuit filed in January 2022.

Page reviewed several legal criteria under which outside parties can be granted intervention and determined the families qualified as permissive intervenors, as their claims share "a common question of law and fact" with the named defendants, the state of Ohio, Ohio Department of Education, and State Board of Education. Judge Page also noted families had previously been granted permissive intervention in a challenge to the Cleveland scholarship program.

"Allowing the applicants to intervene will not unduly delay or prejudice the adjudication of the rights of the original parties," Page wrote.

CCO's Keough offers guest commentary in Fordham's Gadfly

Larry Keough writes on the EdChoice scholarship program and accountability

The Catholic Conference of Ohio's Larry Keough, Associate Director for Education, has written a guest commentary in the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Gadfly Daily. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and its affiliated Foundation promote educational excellence for every child in America via quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as advocacy and exemplary charter school authorization in Ohio. The Gadfly often features relevant, rigorous research, analysis, and commentary for education practitioners and for policymakers at the national, state, and local levels. 

To read Larry's article on the Fordham site click read more. 

Conference Grateful to Families Intervening in EdChoice Lawsuit

Hopeful Ohio’s EdChoice programs will continue to serve families for years to come.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio is grateful to the families who filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. They represent the cause of all families across the state who receive these scholarships. To read the full statement from the Catholic Conference of Ohio click read more. 

Lawsuit Filed Challenging the EdChoice Scholarship Program

The program assisting families who wish to select schools best suited for their children remains in effect

On January 4, 2022, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.  Nothing has changed due to the filing.  The program remains in effect during this phase of litigation.  Ohio’s educational scholarship programs have been a fixture of state education policy since the Cleveland Scholarship Program in 1995.  Educational choice scholarship programs assist thousands of families each year who wish to select schools that are best suited for their children.  As a longtime proponent of school choice, the Catholic Conference of Ohio is assessing next steps in responding to the lawsuit.  Although disappointed in the lawsuit’s filing, we remain hopeful these programs will continue to serve Ohio families for years to come.   


State Scholarship Programs

Learn about the various Scholarship Programs available to Catholic Schools in Ohio.

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Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Diocese of Cleveland

Diocese of Columbus

Diocese of Steubenville

Diocese of Toledo

Diocese of Youngstown

The Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association

Department Contacts

Larry Keough
Associate Director, Department on Education

Convenes and staffs the Superintendents of Catholic Schools and Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Directors

Superintendents of Schools
Chair: Adam Dufault, Diocese of Columbus

Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Chair: Richard Maume, Diocese of Toledo

Department Contacts

Theresa Bowser
Director, OCSAA

Convenes and staffs the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (OCSAA)

Chair: Frank O'Linn, Diocese of Cleveland

Department Contacts

Brian Hickey
Executive Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio

Convenes and staffs the Directors of Religious Education and Campus Ministry

Directors of Religious Education
Chair: Chris Hoag, Diocese of Cleveland

Campus Ministry Directors:
Chair: Richard Maume, Diocese of Toledo