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Ohio lawmakers send governor bill overhauling school vouchers

Toledo Blade and Ohio Capital Journal |

Senate Bill 89, sponsored by state Sen. Matt Huffman (R., Lima), heads to the governor’s desk as the application window for the EdChoice scholarships reopens early next year. 

Under the bill:

  • Students would be eligible for the performance-based vouchers if at least 20 percent of their home district has been deemed to be low income by the federal government for three consecutive years and the building performed in the lowest 20 percent of all schools statewide during both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. Testing was waived during the current coronavirus-ravaged school year.
  • Students would be eligible for the separate income-based voucher scholarship if family income is less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level. That would translate to about $65,500 for a family of four. That’s up from 200 percent under current law.

Under the performance-based program, the state subtracts each eligible student’s scholarship amount from the district’s basic education aid. The income-based program, however, is funded entirely by the state.

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