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 statewide.
Latest Stats (2012-13)
- Students participating: 1,342
- Service providers participating: 194
- Average voucher value: n/a
Maximum voucher value as a percentage of
Ohio’s total per-student spending ($11,224)
Vouchers are worth the lesser of fees or tuition charged by the alternative 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 five and 21 years of age and have at least an initial
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from the public school district. Vouchers will not be
awarded if the initial 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 services.
The Ohio 2011-12 budget, which creates the Jon Peterson scholarship program, was signed by Gov. John Kasich on June 30, 2011. No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
- Income Limit: None
- Geographic Limit: Statewide
- Enrollment Cap: None
- Voucher Cap: $20,000
- Testing Mandates: None
Ohio Revised Code sections 3310.51 to 3310.64
Michael Chartier | email@example.com
Ohio budget bill HB 153 is available here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_153
or here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_153_EN_N.html.