Local students can apply for private-school voucher

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Education says students who attend under performing public schools can now sign up for state-funded scholarships to attend a private school.

Students from 255 facilities in 31 Ohio school districts, including some in the Miami Valley, are eligible for the EdChoice Scholarship Program.  Among the local districts that have eligible schools for the program are Dayton Public Schools, Trotwood-Madison City Schools, Jefferson Township Schools and Springfield City Schools.

The department says 49 new under performing schools are now eligible that were not last year. Two are part of the EdChoice Scholarship Program for the first time.

The state says up to 60,000 scholarships are available. They are worth up to $5,000 for high school students and $4,250 for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Applications will be accepted beginning February 1.

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