Education Savings Accounts

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature on Jan. 12 at the statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address to state lawmakers on Jan. 12. She's pushing a major school choice expansion.
Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP
School Choice & Charters COVID-19 May Energize Push for School Choice in States. Where That Leads Is Unclear
The pandemic is driving legislators' interest in mechanisms like education savings accounts, but the growth may not be straightforward.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 27, 2021
8 min read
School Choice & Charters Private School Choice Programs Fall Short on Transparency, Accountability
Education Week finds that few of the nearly 30 states with programs that pay tuition at private schools or tax-credits to incentivize businesses and individuals to do so require private schools to follow standard policies used to ensure transparency and accountability in the nation’s public schools.
Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin, February 28, 2020
12 min read
School Choice & Charters Striking Teachers Are Targeting Charter Schools. But Are Charters Really a Threat?
Charter schools educate only about 7 percent of all public school students. But in some cities, charter schools have made significant inroads.
Arianna Prothero, February 25, 2019
3 min read
School Choice & Charters Expansion of School Vouchers Gets Trounced in Arizona
Proposition 305 had become one of the most contentious ballot-box battles over school choice in the 2018 midterm elections. But its loss is not necessarily a defeat for school choice advocates.
Arianna Prothero, November 7, 2018
3 min read
School Choice & Charters Arizona Voters Will Determine Whether to Massively Expand School Voucher Eligibility
The push to make 1.1 million of Arizona's school children eligible for vouchers has been both contentious and confounding,with questions about whether voters are interpreting the ballot language correctly.
Arianna Prothero, October 19, 2018
5 min read
School Choice & Charters Will a 'School Choice for All' Program Survive the Ballot Box in Arizona?
An Arizona Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for a voter referendum on the state's ambitious plan to expand eligibility for a private school choice program to all public school students.
Arianna Prothero, March 22, 2018
3 min read
Education GOP Bill Would Create ESAs for Military Families, Using Impact Aid
A Republican lawmaker wants to create Education Savings Accounts for military families, using money now given to school districts that receive federal Impact Aid.
Alyson Klein, March 7, 2018
2 min read
Federal Betsy DeVos Wants Education Savings Accounts for Military Families
The Trump administration may turn its school choice focus to a group of students the federal government has a special responsibility for: Military-connected kids
Alyson Klein, February 22, 2018
5 min read
Federal Want to Become an Education 'Reformer'? There Are Online Courses for That
A number of free, online courses are offered to help local advocates and lawmakers get steeped in education policy and related issues with the goal of more effectively pushing for changes to public schools, such as expanding choice or stricter accountability for teachers.
Arianna Prothero, January 19, 2018
3 min read
School Choice & Charters How DeVos, Trump, and Midterm Elections May Affect New School Choice Laws
Midterm elections—not necessarily U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump—are likely to have the most impact on efforts to expand school choice in the states in 2018, advocates say.
Arianna Prothero, January 11, 2018
4 min read
School Choice & Charters School Voucher Programs Leave Parents in the Dark on Disability Rights, Feds Say
The vast majority of families using private school vouchers for children with disabilities are participating in programs that provide inaccurate or no information at all on the federal protections they are giving up, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Arianna Prothero, November 30, 2017
4 min read
School Choice & Charters Massive Expansion of Arizona School Choice Program Could be Blocked
A group that aims to halt a the expansion says it has collected enough signatures for a petition to stop the new law from taking effect.
Arianna Prothero, August 8, 2017
2 min read
School Choice & Charters School Vouchers Don't Exist in Texas. Republican Opposition Is the Reason.
Private school choice supporters continue to hit a wall of opposition made up by not only by Democrats, but also members of their own party. In particular, Republicans from rural areas.
Arianna Prothero, July 14, 2017
3 min read
School Choice & Charters 'Vouchers for All' Program Will Remain Unfunded in Nevada
State Democrats have successfully blocked a Republican-led effort to find a new funding source for the state's education savings account program, which would have offered all public school students in the state money for private school tuition.
Arianna Prothero, June 5, 2017
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