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Ohio Department of Education program allows students in underperforming schools the opportunity to attend private schools

(Photo: Ohio Department of Education Website) (Photo: Ohio Department of Education Website)
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The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program was created to provide students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program provides up to 60,000 EDchoice scholarships to eligible students.

Ohio Department of Education's website has provided a list of all the public schools in Hamilton County that, for at least two of the last three school years, have either:

1. Received a local report card grade rating of academic emergency or academic watch for 2011-2012 and received an overall grade of "D" or "F" on the performance index and value-added progress dimension on their 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 building report card; or

2. Ranked in the lowest 10 percent of public school buildings by Performance Index score.

The list includes 27 Cincinnati Public Schools, Two Lockland Local Schools, Mt. Healthy Junior High School and Winton Woods Intermediate School.

Cincinnati Public Schools that are on the list are: Academy of World Languages Elementary School, Aiken High School, Bond Hill Academy Elementary School, Carson Elementary School, Ethel M. Taylor Academy, Frederick Douglass Elementary School, George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary, Hughes STEM High School, Oyler School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, Rees E. Price Elementary School, Riverview East Academy, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, Roberts Academy: A Paideia Learning Community, Rockdale Academy Elementary School, Roll Hill School, Roselawn Condon Elementary School, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, Virtual High School, Western Hills Engineering High School, Western Hills University High School, William H Taft Elementary School, Woodford Paideia Elementary School and Woodward Career Technical High School.

According to the Ohio Department of Education website, the following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:

  • Students currently enrolled and attending EdChoice-designated public school buildings in their district of residence; 
  • Students currently enrolled in a community school who would otherwise be assigned to one of the EdChoice-designated public school buildings; 
  • Students currently enrolled and attending a public school in their district of residence or a community school who would be assigned to attend one of the EdChoice-designated public school buildings for the upcoming school year; 
  • Students who are enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the EdChoice-designated public school buildings; or 
  • Students eligible to enter kindergarten in fall 2015 (and who will be 5-years-old by 1/1/2016) who would be assigned to one of the EdChoice-designated public school buildings. 

For more information on the program, visit their website: http://1.usa.gov/15caIK0

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