Authors: By DOUG WHITEMAN
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Interest from Ohio parents has been light as the state expands its offer for vouchers that allow children to move from low-performing public schools and into private schools.
The state budget signed at the end of June more than doubled the number of taxpayer-funded vouchers available for the new school year under the EdChoice Scholarship Program. The state will provide as many as 30,000 scholarships, an increase from the previous cap of 14,000 vouchers. A student can receive up to $5,000.
The Ohio Department of Education collected more than 15,000 applications earlier this year when the state thought a smaller number of vouchers would be available. The department reopened its online sign-up system on July 1 and by Friday had received 1,300 new applications. The deadline is Monday.