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Ohio has 5 private school choice programs.

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    Ohio – Income-Based Scholarship Program

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    Ohio enacted and launched its Income-Based Scholarship Program in 2013. It offers private school vouchers to students from low- and lower middle-income households. These school voucher amounts vary depending on family income. Continue reading to learn more about this program’s funding, eligibility, regulations, governing statutes, and more.
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    Ohio – Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program

    Voucher

    The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship was enacted in 2011 and launched in 2012. It provides Ohio students with disabilities school vouchers for private tuition and other educational services. The Ohio Department of Education sets school voucher limits for different types of disabilities, so funding and eligibility vary. Learn more about that, regulations, and more here.
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    Ohio – Educational Choice Scholarship Program

    Voucher

    Ohio’s “EdChoice” scholarship program, enacted in 2005 and launched in 2006, offers private school vouchers to K–12 students who are assigned to “low-performing” public schools. Participating private schools are required to accept the voucher as full tuition for students whose families are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Learn more about this program’s funding, eligibility, and regulations on this page.
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    Ohio – Autism Scholarship Program

    Voucher

    Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, the nation’s only private school choice program designed for students with autism, was enacted in 2003 and launched in 2004. The program offers reimbursement vouchers of up to $27,000 to students with autism who receive private educational services, including private schooling. Learn more about the program, including its funding, eligibility, and regulations, on this page.
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    Ohio – Cleveland Scholarship Program

    Voucher

    Ohio’s Cleveland Scholarship Program was enacted in 1995 and launched in 1996. Through this program, students who attend the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can receive vouchers to attend neighboring public schools or private schools. Learn more about the program’s eligibility, funding, requirements, regulations, and more on this page.
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BLOG POST

Breaking Down “The School Voucher Audit”

Students transferring to private schools using publicly funded vouchers saved participating states more than $1.7 billion over a 20-year period. Here’s how: From 1990 to 2011, students in six states and Washington, D.C., received $2.8 billion in voucher funds to attend private schools of choice. In making that choice, those students also relieved public schools […]
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RESEARCH REPORT

Exploring Ohio’s Private Education Sector

Exploring Ohio’s Private Education Sector is the second entry in the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice’s School Survey Series. This report synthesizes information on Ohio’s private schools collected by the U.S. Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

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How School Vouchers Work

Private school vouchers can help parents choose the best educational fit for their children. How are these programs funded, and how do they empower parents to make educational choices? Learn more about how voucher programs operate, how they’re funded, and how they help students, families, and communities in this video.

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