Ohio Gets 1,700 Applications For Expanded School Vouchers

The Ohio Department of Education says it received 1,700 applications for an expansion of a program meant to help students from under-performing public schools attend private schools.

The Educational Choice Scholarship Program offers vouchers for private schools to students from consistently under-performing public schools. Legislation for the newest state budget expanded the EdChoice Scholarship program to about 2,000 more kindergarten students.

The scholarships are worth up to $4,250.

The department expects to start notifying recipients by mid-August after evaluating which applicants meet the program criteria.

To be eligible, students must be first-time kindergarteners who don’t qualify for the traditional EdChoice or Cleveland Scholarship programs. They also must come from families earning no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $46,100 for a family of four.