effort serves special-needs students
January 25, 2012
about to launch its fourth tax-funded education-voucher program, this
students with special needs.
application process is expected to begin in early February for the Jon
Special Needs Scholarship, named after the former state representative
Delaware who pushed for the program. The vouchers — up to $20,000 a
year — will
be available for the 2012-13 school year.
say the program will give students with disabilities access to services
tailored to meet their needs.
a Gahanna mother of three children, two of whom have special needs,
be among the first to apply. She said the aid would help provide speech
and other help for her 12-year-old son, Christopher, who has Down
she knows from experience that additional services can help children
their fullest potential. Her daughter receives a state voucher under a
program for autistic children.
from a non-verbal 3-year-old to a 10-year-old attending Catholic school
an attendant. We are delighted to have the same opportunity for
give up on these children.”
vouchers will be available to students ages 3 to 21 who have been
their public-school district as having a disability. The aid, which
the school district in which the student lives, can be used to pay for
private-school tuition, therapy and other special services.
will be capped at about 11,750, or no more than 5 percent of the
235,000 disabled students in Ohio.
Department of Education will be accepting applications for the 2012-13
year, but an online enrollment process is being tested, and it is
it will be ready, said Patrick Gallaway, spokesman for the agency.
be based on needs outlined in an Individualized Education Program from
student’s school district. The money can be used to support students at
existing school or another one.
gathered at the Statehouse on Monday to draw attention to the newest
program and outline their plan to push for further expansions of such
their agenda is a statewide tuition-voucher program for low-income
not just those in poor-performing schools, said Jason Warner,
director for School Choice Ohio, a Columbus-based group that advocates
vouchers and charter schools.
Republican-proposed bill in the Ohio House to create such a program is
reworked, however, after running into opposition from public-school
who complained that tuition vouchers in some cases would exceed the
aid the districts received from the state, cutting into their locally
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