Fewer Than 500 School Voucher Applications Submitted In Dougco
Scholarship Award Notifications To Be Made Beginning May 17
4:54 AM, May 13, 2011
Hundreds of Douglas County School District families will be able to take advantage of a new program that gives students with a partial scholarship to go to one of the Districts private-partner charter schools.Following Thursdays deadline, the District had received 495 applications from students eligible for the Choice Scholarship Pilot Programm but 48 were determined to be ineligible based on the programs requirements.Each applicant had to be a DCSD resident, currently attending a DCSD school and had to be in the District for no less than one year.During the inaugural year of the program (2011-12), 500 Choice Scholarships were available from DCSD.The Choice Scholarship Pilot Program is designed to provide the Districts students with more educational opportunities. By providing many choices both within DCSDs traditional schools and through innovative programs like this, the District hopes to enable students to find educational programs that best fit their needs.Parents and students will be awarded scholarships and notified beginning May 17, 2011. The scholarships will be valid beginning in fall 2011 at one of the Districts private-partner schools. Currently efforts are being made to finalize contracts with the 33 schools that have applied for the program.