Ohio private school voucher program to nearly double; some suburbs affected

January 14, 2019 | Dayton Daily News

The number of Ohio students who are eligible to pay for private schools with state-funded vouchers will almost double next school year because of a change in the Ohio voucher system, according to Ohio Department of Education data.

In the past four years, the only students in the Dayton region who were eligible to receive traditional state vouchers attended one Trotwood school building, one Jefferson Twp. building and all 22 Dayton Public School buildings. They were eligible for what is known as the state’s EdChoice scholarship because of their home schools’ low state test scores and report card ratings.

But the changes mean more school buildings are classified as under-performing based on the state report card, including school buildings in several suburban districts in southwest Ohio. So next fall, some students attending Miamisburg, Troy, Lebanon, Franklin, Mad River and other districts will qualify four vouchers to attend private schools, with the state paying all or most of the bill.

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