Advocates Tout New Ohio Special Needs Scholarship

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Advocates of expanding school vouchers in Ohio are touting a new state program that awards scholarships to students with special needs to help pay tuition at private or public schools that would better serve them.

School Choice Ohio pushed for the scholarship's inclusion in the state budget that took effect this past July.

The scholarship amount is based on the severity of the student's disability, but couldn't exceed $20,000. State officials will likely begin accepting applications next month for the 2012-2013 school year.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 5 and 22, and identified by the public school district as having a disability.

The money could be used to support the student at another school or participating provider if the student's public school couldn't cover needs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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