School & District Management Report Roundup

Private Schools Chime In on Choice

By Arianna Prothero — January 27, 2015 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Concerns about too much regulation and maintaining independence are the primary reasons private schools choose not to participate in school voucher or tax-credit scholarship programs, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of Arkansas surveyed 950 private school leaders in Florida, Indiana, and Louisiana about their attitudes toward private school choice programs for the American Enterprise Institute, a free enterprise-oriented think tank in Washington.

Private, taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers are provided by some states to eligible students (generally students with disabilities or from low-income families). Tax-credit scholarship programs allow businesses or individuals to claim tax credits for donations to state-approved organizations, which then give the money to eligible students to use toward private-school tuition.

One-third of private schools in Florida don’t take part in the state’s tax-credit scholarship program, about half do not participate in Indiana’s voucher program, and two-thirds have opted out of Louisiana’s voucher program, the survey found. Among some other findings:

• Of Florida’s nonparticipating schools, more than a quarter said they didn’t know about the tax-credit scholarships;

• Forty-one percent of Florida’s nonparticipating schools said they plan to join in the following year, but only 20 percent in Indiana and 8 percent in Louisiana said so;

• Of participating schools, 5 percent in Indiana and 10 percent in Florida—but 38 percent in Louisiana—turned away students due to heavy demand.

A version of this article appeared in the January 29, 2015 edition of Education Week as Private Schools Chime In on Choice

Events

Special Education K-12 Essentials Forum Innovative Approaches to Special Education
Join this free virtual event to explore innovations in the evolving landscape of special education.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
STEM Fusion: Empowering K-12 Education through Interdisciplinary Integration
Join our webinar to learn how integrating STEM with other subjects can revolutionize K-12 education & prepare students for the future.
Content provided by Project Lead The Way
School & District Management Webinar How Pensions Work: Why It Matters for K-12 Education
Panelists explain the fundamentals of teacher pension finances — how they are paid for, what drives their costs, and their impact on K-12 education.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Video 'Students Never Forget': Principals Call for Help After School Shootings
School leaders are lobbying Congress for more financial support for schools that experience gun violence.
2 min read
Forest High School students console one another after a school shooting at Forest High School Friday, April 20, 2018 in Ocala, Fla. One student shot another in the ankle at the high school and a suspect is in custody, authorities said Friday. The injured student was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Forest High School students console one another after a school shooting at Forest High School Friday, April 20, 2018 in Ocala, Fla. One student shot another in the ankle at the high school and a suspect is in custody, authorities said Friday. The injured student was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Doug Engle/Star-Banner via AP
School & District Management Opinion In School Leadership, Busy Is a Given. Chaos Is a Choice
There will never be enough time, money, or resources to solve every problem in education, so we must learn to operate within constraints.
Kate Hazarian
3 min read
Two hands attempt to hold chaos.
Vanessa Solis/Education Week via Canva
School & District Management How Sweltering Heat Disrupts Learning and What Schools Can Do
Extreme heat is becoming more common across the United States. Schools need to start preparing now.
5 min read
A boy cools off at a fountain during hot weather in Chicago, on June 16, 2024.
A boy cools off at a fountain during hot weather in Chicago, on June 16, 2024.
Nam Y. Huh/AP
School & District Management Opinion 'I Don't Know What to Do': Facing Today's Education Leadership Challenges
Here are three concrete steps for getting ahead of controversies and creating a supportive learning environment for every student.
Jennifer Perry Cheatham & Bonnie Lo
5 min read
A leader encourages a large group of people across a bridge made of pencils. Proactive leadership.
Raul Arias for Education Week