The genesis of vouchers in Ohio stretches back to 1995 and the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring program. In 2006, vouchers expanded statewide via the Educational Choice Scholarship (or EdChoice), which aims to assist students assigned to a low-rated public school. Soon after, vouchers were expanded again to provide opportunities for special needs students and for low-income students.
With five voucher programs today; continued calls for expansion; changing funding amounts; and ongoing debates in the areas of accountability, quality, and equity, we offer this fact-based look at Ohio’s voucher system. We hope that it will prove valuable for those who know voucher history and those new to voucher policy in Ohio and beyond.