Ohio is a national leader in providing school choice. The state operates four private school choice programs.
Public School Choice:
Ohio offers choice within the public education system, including intra-district and inter-district open enrollment.
Private School Choice:
Ohio has provided private school choice since 1995. As of 2013, the state now operates five different scholarship programs: (1) the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program, which provides scholarships to Cleveland students with preference given to those from low-income families; (2) the Autism Scholarship Program for students with autism; (3) the Educational Choice Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to up to 60,000 students in underperforming schools; (4) the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship program, which allows students with Individual Education Plans to receive up to 90 percent of state education funding to attend private schools of their choice; and (5) the Income-Based Scholarship program. This is the state's newest scholarship option, and it is an expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship program that will be enacted in the 2014-2015 school year. This program will initially serve 2,000 low-income students in kindergarten. Each year the program will expand to serve students in an additional grade until all students from grade K-12 have access to this scholarship program.
The Center for Education Reform reports that Ohio has an average charter school law. According to the National alliance for Public Charter Schools, over 113,000 students attended the state’s 369 public charter schools in 2013.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, Ohio has extensive online education opportunities. The state operates 27 eCommunity schools, full-time online charter schools. The state-led initiative iLearnOhio–previously known as the OhioLearns! Gateway–authorizes online courses and acts as an online course resource center. Ohio’s eCommunity schools served approximately 35,000 students in 2011-2012, a fifteen percent decrease from the previous school year.
In 2011, Ohio expanded enrollment for its EdChoice program and increased the scholarship amount for students participating in the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program. It also added the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship program, which allows special needs students in the state to receive up to 90 percent of their state education funding to attend private schools of their choice.
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