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More students may switch to private schools thanks to low performance grades at public schools

Posted: 9:01 AM, Jan 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-14 09:01:02-05
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CLEVELAND — Next school year more students across the state of Ohio could be heading to private schools thanks to low performance grades at public schools.

When a school receives a low performance index score they're designated as an EdChoice School. Under the state of Ohio, students who attend EdChoice schools become eligible to apply for scholarships to go to private schools.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, EdChoice designated schools met one of the following:
- Performance Index grade of D or F
- Graduation Rate grade of D or F
- Ranked among lowest 10 percent
- Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers grade of D or F
- District Performance
- Academic Distress

The EdChoice Program provides up to 60,000 state-funded scholarships.

A new list of EdChoice-designated schools for the 2019-2020 school year showed a significantly large increase in the number of designated schools, compared to the number of schools on the list for the 2018-2019 school year.

Click here for the 2019-2020 list of designated public schools

Under the program, students can earn $4650 for grades K-8 and $6000 for grades 9-12. The EdChoice scholarship will pay either the scholarship amount or the private school's actual tuition amount, whichever is less.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted beginning on Feb. 1.

For more information about the EdChoice Scholarship program, click here.