Governor Signs State Budget: Scholarship programs see improvements

Last night, Governor Kasich signed the state operating budget, House Bill 49, into law. The bill includes a number of changes and improvements to the state’s scholarship programs.

Cleveland Scholarship Amounts Increased
Cleveland Scholarship amounts are now aligned with EdChoice Scholarships at $4,650 for grades K-8 and $6,000 for high school students. This is an increase from $4,250 for grades K-8 and $5,700 for high schoolers.

Special Needs Scholarship Application Window Extended
The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program application window is extended to allow families who have a child with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) the opportunity to apply for the scholarship program year-round.

Continued Phase-in of the Income-Based Scholarship Program
The budget allocates funding that allows the Income-Based Scholarship Program to continue to be phased-in with one new grade each year. Students entering kindergarten, first, second, third or fourth grades are eligible to apply for the 2017-18 school year.

School Choice Ohio applauds Governor Kasich and the Ohio Legislature. Their work on the budget shows a strong commitment to empowering families to choose the best learning environment that will allow their children to reach their full potential.

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