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Students from Three Schools Now Eligible for Private School Scholarships

Release date: 8/13/2014

Re-issued Report Cards for “Scrubbing” Districts Change EdChoice Scholarship Eligibility List

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Education added three schools to the EdChoice eligibility list. This is due a recent recalculation of “scrubbing” district report cards.

Students who attend Milkovich Middle School in Maple Heights City School District, West High School in Columbus City School District and Rimer Community Learning Center in Akron City School District are now eligible for an EdChoice Scholarship for 2014-15 school year.

The department did not identify the Akron City nor Maple Heights City school districts as having altered student data. Rather, these schools are eligible due to changes to the state rankings with the revision of accountability data for other districts.

The deadline to apply for scholarships that help students from underperforming public schools attend participating private schools recently was extended until Sept. 5, 2014. The extension, which is applicable statewide, will allow students and their parents more time to make a better informed school decision and still allow for an application to be submitted prior to the deadline.

The deadline extension gave the Department of Education time to re-issue report cards from 2010-2013 for districts identified as “scrubbers.” This makes students enrolled at specific schools now eligible for EdChoice Scholarships.

In addition, the department removed Larkmoor Elementary School in Lorain City School District from the list of eligible EdChoice schools. However, students who already have applied and received scholarships will retain their funding.

The EdChoice Scholarship Program enables students who are assigned to attend underperforming public schools with the opportunity to attend a participating private school if awarded one of up to 

60,000 state-funded scholarships. Students in 220 schools in 30 districts are eligible to participate. A list of eligible underperforming schools and participating private schools can be found here.

The maximum amount of the scholarship for kindergarten through eighth-grade students is $4,250 while the maximum amount for high school students is $5,000. Students can determine if they are eligible for the EdChoice Scholarship by using the eligibility flow chart found here.

Students must first be accepted for enrollment at the participating private school and then they can apply for the scholarship. The private school will submit the scholarship application through the secure online scholarship application system.

For more information about the EdChoice Scholarship Program, please visit our website here.