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Ohio offers lots of private school vouchers, but takers are limited
Advocates say mid-year demand for special education vouchers are expected to be lower

Bill Cohen
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Ohio is passing out another round of vouchers for private schools, and the recipients are parents of children with physical and learning disabilities. The demand for the vouchers, though, is nowhere near as high as the supply, at least for now. School Choice Ohio is an advocacy group for alternatives to public schools. Cheryl Bowshier says 11,000 vouchers are available, but only 500 people applied. Still, she says she is not disappointed.

BOWSHIER on voucher numbers

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This window is in the middle of the school year so a lot of parents wouldn’t want to move their child out of a school in the middle of the year so I think those numbers are great .the next window will be the greater window where a lot more parents will apply for the scholarship, so we're excited about those numbers. 

Bowshier notes that applications for another private school voucher program have increased every year, and she expects the same thing to happen with this “special needs” voucher program.


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