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Ohio has 5 educational choice programs.

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    Ohio – Income-Based Scholarship Program


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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What School Choice Advocates Should Learn from the New Study of Ohio’s Vouchers

A recent study led by Northwestern economist David Figlio on Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program is a case of good news and bad news. To be sure, it provides an occasion to celebrate the positive findings. But the less favorable results should cause us to pause and consider ways to strengthen school voucher policy. This […]

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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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