Enacted 2005 • Launched 2006 • Voucher
Ohio students attending chronically low-performing public schools are eligible for “EdChoice”
vouchers to attend private schools. The cap on available vouchers is 60,000.
Latest Stats (2013-14)
- Students participating: 15,959
- Schools participating: 294
- Average voucher value: $4,106 (2011-12)
Average voucher value as a percentage of
Ohio’s total per-student spending ($11,224)
Vouchers are worth up to $4,250 in grades K-8 and $5,000 in grades 9-12, not to exceed the
private school’s actual tuition and fees. Participating schools may charge additional tuition for students whose household incomes
exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level, but must accept the voucher as payment in full
for students at or below the 200 percent level.
Students are eligible if they attend a local public school that has been designated in a state of
“academic watch” or “academic emergency” by the state for two of the last three years, or if they
would be assigned to such a school based on their residence but are instead currently enrolled
in a charter school or are entering kindergarten. Students enrolling in grades K-12 in Ohio for the first time and would be assigned to a qualifying school are eligible, as long as they are at least five years old by January 1 of the school year. Students in “open enrollment” districts who
are enrolled in charter schools or entering kindergarten are eligible if the district has been
designated in a state of academic emergency for three consecutive years. Also, students who
are either enrolled or eligible to be enrolled in public schools that got a performance index
grade in the lowest 10 percent for two of the most recent three rankings and that were also not
declared to be “excellent” or “effective” in the most recent ranking are eligible. Beginning in 2016-17, students in grades K-3 who are enrolled in a local public school that has received a grade of D or F in “making progress in improving K-3 literacy” in two of the three most recent state report cards and has not received an A in the same category in the most recent report card issued prior to July 1 of the school year are also eligible.
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
- Income Limit: None
- Geographic Limit: Statewide
- Enrollment Cap: 60,000
- Voucher Cap: $4,250 (K-8) / $5,000 9-12)
- Testing Mandates: Yes-State
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 3310.01-17
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