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More Ohio students are using school vouchers than ever
The jump of 4,600 students using the tax-supported vouchers to attend private schools is the biggest so far
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Jo Ingles
 
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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 4,600 more vouchers than were used last year. And advocates for voucher schools are excited, saying it’s the biggest jump in the history of Ohio school vouchers. The Ohio Legislature has recently allowed for more tax-supported vouchers to be used statewide.

If Ohio’s voucher students were in a singlel 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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