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Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Ohio List: State Has 214 Failing Public Schools

[Ed Note: An item from Thursday on this topic has vanished. Not sure what happened. There was a comment from Jill, and it is gone, too. Jill, I am trying to find out how many public schools there are in Ohio. Haven't got a number yet. Below is a brief recreation of the item.]

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- A new Ohio Department of Education list shows there are 214 underperforming public schools across the state, the majority of them clustered in large cities. Pupils attending those schools are eligible for EdChoice ''scholarships," which are state-funded vouchers that help pay tuition expenses for classes in private and parochial facilities.

State officials said up to 14,000 students in the failing public schools are eligible for grants next fall. The list of underperforming schools can be found HERE. There are 63 Columbus City Schools on the list, 27 in Cincinnati, 19 in Toledo and 14 in Dayton.

''Students currently attending a public school that has been rated in Academic Emergency or Academic Watch for two of the past three years are eligible to apply," the education department says about the voucher program. ''Public schools students that will be assigned to such a school in the upcoming years are also eligible to apply."

Officials started taking applications for the vouchers this week. The enrollment period runs until April 20.

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