Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, July 18, 2024

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. 


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

Special Needs Children:


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.   

New Ohio Tax Credit for Tuition Assistance

Scholarship Granting Organization to prioritize low-income primary and secondary students

Ohioans can now recieve a 100% tax credit for up to $750 in cash donations to a designated Scholarship Granting Organization which aids students, including students attending private schools.  The program aims to prioritize scholarships for low-income primary and secondary students.  This is a great opportunity to provide tuition assistance for families who wish to send their children to our Catholic schools.  To learn more, contact your diocesan schools office.


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

Tom Rhatican
Associate Director, Department on Education

Convenes and staffs the Superintendents of Catholic Schools 

Superintendents of Schools
Chair: Deacon Paul Ward, Diocese of Steubenville


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