Enacted 2011 • Launched 2012 • Voucher
Ohio parents of children with special needs enrolled in public schools are able to receive vouchers to
pay for private school tuition and additional services at private therapists and other service providers.
Vouchers can be used at public providers (i.e., school districts) if the district chooses to accept voucher
students. The number of vouchers available is capped at 5 percent of the students with special needs
Latest Stats (2013-14)
- Students participating: 2,204
- Service providers participating: 194 (2012-13)
- Average voucher value: $8,543 (2012-13)
Vouchers are worth the lesser of fees or tuition charged by the alternative public or private school, the
amount of state aid otherwise provided to the public school district, or $20,000. The amount is reduced
proportionately if the child is not enrolled in the alternative or private school for the entire school year.
The Ohio Department of Education sets maximum funding amounts for different types of disabilities.
Children with disabilities must be between ages five and 21, and have at least an initial Individualized
Education Plan (IEP) from the public school district. Vouchers will not be awarded if the IEP is still
being developed or is in litigation. Parents must apply for eligibility. Their application must certify
that they have received the following information from the alternative or private school: methods of
instruction to be used with the child and qualifications of the teachers and instructors who will provide
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Yes
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: $20,000
• Testing Mandates: None
Ohio Rev. Code §§ 3301-101-01-13
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