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Parents can begin applying today (Feb. 1) to take part in the school voucher program.

Information can be obtained by calling any private or Catholic school in Lima.

Enrollment for the Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) for the 2010-2011 school year runs through April 16. EdChoice Scholarship – which provides a state-funded scholarship for use at a private school – is available to students in the state’s lowest-rated public schools. Schools are considered low-rated if they have been in academic watch or academic emergency for at least two of the past three years.

Information on how to apply for a scholarship can be obtained by calling any private or Catholic school in Lima.

The scholarships are worth up to $4,250 per year at the elementary and middle school level and up to $5,000 per year at the high school level. More than 300 private schools statewide are registered to accept the scholarship. Once a student obtains a scholarship, she or he can continue to renew the scholarship through high school graduation.

The EdChoice program has generated tremendous interest from parents with scholarship use growing from just under 3,000 the first year to more than 11,500 student recipients during the current year.

“This scholarship continues to be an incredibly popular option for parents,” said Chad L. Aldis, executive director of School Choice Ohio. “In a time when the resources of many families are stretched thin, the scholarship can be a lifeline for parents trying to get their child into a school where they feel they can be successful.”

Interested parents also can call the School Choice Ohio toll-free hotline (1-800-673-5876) for more information on eligibility, guidance on how to apply, and a list of participating private schools. Information can also be found on the web at www.scohio.org.

More than 88,000 children in 205 underperforming public schools across Ohio are eligible to receive school vouchers.

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