Vouchers often begin as a small program with limited funds that target a particular student population (e.g., Special Education). However, efforts to expand funding and student eligibility quickly follow. When Ohio established its first voucher program in 1995, eligible students could receive up to $2,500. Ohio’s current EdChoice program offers up to $5,500 for students in grades K-8 and up to $7,500 for high schoolers. Between 2006 and 2013, increasingly relaxed eligibility requirements allowed enrollment to increase from 3,141 to 18,080 students. Now, school districts are suing the state for allocating more funding (per student) to its voucher program than its public school districts.
Source: Read the article on the Ohio lawsuit. Read the Policy Matters Ohio report for background on Ohio’s first voucher program. Read Fordham Institutes’ report on the EdChoice program.