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Ohio lawmakers OK revamp of eligibility for school vouchers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to revamp who can qualify for Ohio’s biggest school voucher program has cleared the Republican-led Legislature over Democrats’ objections, sending the measure to GOP Gov. Mike DeWine for consideration. The EdChoice program funds private school tuition for students from poor-performing public schools. That eligibility list was slated to more than double to over 1,200 schools under current criteria, including some in wealthier areas, which raised concerns about funding and fairness. Instead, the list would shrink to about 470 schools in just 87 districts under the overhauled criteria, which include a poverty-related metric. The legislation also would expand eligibility for income-based EdChoice scholarships.

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