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More Than 31,000 Ohio Students Using School Vouchers, a Rise Over Last Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

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It looks like more Ohioans are opting to use school vouchers to send their children to private K-12 schools. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the latest numbers for the state’s education department.

The Ohio Department of Education reports more than 31,000 Ohio students are using a voucher to attend a private school in the Buckeye State. That’s at least 4600 more vouchers than were used last year.

And advocates for voucher schools are excited, saying it’s the biggest usage jump in the history of Ohio school vouchers. 

The Ohio legislature has recently allowed for more vouchers to be used statewide. If Ohio’s voucher students were in one actual school district, it would be Ohio’s fourth largest.

Opponents of voucher schools note the state has spent more than $1.4 billion on these schools since 2005. And the public school advocates say 90 percent of these schools perform worse than public schools.

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