Ohio Legislature Approves Statewide Voucher Expansion
The Ohio legislature passed a budget bill on Thursday that would expand the number of vouchers already available to Ohio students by thousands, giving the state one of the largest K-12 voucher programs in the country.
The Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program would establish a scholarship of up to $5,000 for as many as 14,000 public school students who attend schools that have been in “academic emergency,” the lowest of the five state ratings, for three consecutive years. The program would go into effect for the 2006-07 school year, and would apply only to students who are enrolled in public schools who want to transfer to a private secular or religious school.
The money to pay for the program would come from the base state aid that Ohio provides to individual school districts. Students in the voucher program would be required to take state achievement tests just like other...
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