Applications For Ohio School Voucher Program Rise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Department of Education says there's been a double-digit increase in the percentage of applications for Ohio's school voucher program, two years after Gov. Ted Strickland sought to eliminate the program.

Numbers released by the department show 13,064 students applied by last month's deadline for educational choice scholarships for the upcoming school year.

That represents an increase of more than 20 percent from the 10,818 applications received last year.

The grants give children in low-performing public school districts money to be spent on private school tuition.

Strickland has called school vouchers undemocratic.

He unsuccessfully sought to scrap the program soon after taking office in 2007.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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