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Change in law expands private school voucher program

Dayton Daily News |

The bill approved last week will make children from middle-income families eligible. It raises the household income cap from 200% of the federal poverty level to 250%. That would mean an annual household income of $65,500 for a family of four, up from $52,400. A voucher provides a student up to $4,650 per year for K-8 private school, and $6,000 for grades 9-12.

But much debate is over the definition of an underperforming school where students should be eligible for vouchers. Under the new bill, 473 Ohio schools are on the list, including Eastmont School in Dayton, Schaefer in Springfield and Crawford Woods in Hamilton, each of which got a “C” on the most recent state report card and improved its performance index on state tests in 2018-19.

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