After a second straight year of academic watch for Adams Junior High, its students will be eligible for state-funded scholarships to private schools next year.
Students can apply for EdChoice vouchers if the public school they are assigned to attend has rated in academic watch or academic warning two out of the past three years. Adams students will be eligible for at least two years.
But it seems likely the state will run out of vouchers this year, so school choice proponents are encouraging families to start considering the program now.
"Most families are satisfied in their public school, no matter the public school's grade, and that's fine," said Chad Aldis, executive director of the nonprofit organization School Choice Ohio. "But if they're not satisfied, they may want to consider some other options."
But like open enrollment, EdChoice hurts the bottom line of the school district if a student decides to leave. Ohio subtracts the voucher amounts from the state aid a district receives.