Exploring Ohio’s Private Education Sector

Private school choice has a rich history and encouraging future in Ohio. It is the home of the voucher program that was declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002 in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris—setting in motion the enactment of such programs in other states. And, today, the state boasts the highest number of school choice programs nationwide. Ohio’s private schools have enough empty seats to more than triple its number of EdChoice enrollees. Should individuals be looking to start private schools to serve voucher-using families, it is important to note that 29 percent of Ohio private schools serve grades PK-8 and 9 percent serve grades PK-12—this may indicate room in the private education sector for more high school providers. Ohio private schools, on average, have 245 students enrolled, with 12.5 students per teacher and 14.3 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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