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: 16,999
- Schools participating: 443
- Average voucher value: $4,105 (2012-13)
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
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Conditional
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: 60,000
• Voucher Cap: $4,250 (K-8) / $5,000 (9-12)
• Testing Mandates: State achievement tests
Ohio Rev. Code §§ 3310.01-17
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