Ohio has five private school choice programs (vouchers). The state also has a charter school law. Ohio enables public virtual schooling. Limited open enrollment exists, both for intradistrict and interdistrict public school choice.
Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools
Both tax credit and voucher programs are school choice options for Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Cleveland’s voucher program under both the state and federal constitutions, and the Ohio Legislature has since enacted two more voucher programs, one for children with autism and another for children in failing public schools.
–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)
School Choice Programs
Enacted 2013 • Launched 2013
Income-qualified Ohio kindergartners are eligible for vouchers to attend private schools, provided they
are not otherwise eligible for a voucher in Ohio. In future years of the program, the next grade higher
will be added each subsequent year.
Enacted 2011 • Launched 2012
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...
Enacted 2005 • Launched 2006
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.
Enacted 2003 • Launched 2004
Ohio students on the autism spectrum may receive vouchers for education services from a private provider, including tuition at a private school. After participating students receive education services, they apply to the state for reimbursement of...
Enacted 1995 • Launched 1996
Parents in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can receive vouchers to send their children to
private school or public schools bordering the school district. No more than half of new recipients may
be students previously enrolled in private...
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