School choice Advances

The Reason foundation’s Christian Barnard published an encouraging story on school choice advances in six states.

In South Carolina, the governor signed a law creating a Trust Fund to fund Education Savings accounts for students who are eligible for Medicaid. Participating students will receive up to $6,000 in scholarship funds that can be used for instructional services, materials, and private school tuition.

In Oklahoma, legislators sent a bill the governor to create a refundable tax credit program where families can receive up to $7,500 per child to pay for private school tuition, depending on their household income. The bill would also establish a $1,000 per child income tax credit for homeschooling families. 

Indiana lawmakers passed a bill that expands the state’s multiple school choice programs to near universality. The state’s programs are now available to families below 400% of free and reduced lunch eligibility.

Montana legislation created an ESA for students with disabilities. The amount of roughly $7,000 per student includes state and local district funds.

In North Carolina, legislators are considering three significant pieces of school choice legislation: One would provide more funding to charter schools; One would expand the state’s ESA program to be universal; and a third would create a cross-district public school open enrollment law. 

Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill to create a tax credit scholarship program for students previously enrolled in public schools or entering kindergarten or ninth grade. 

When will Vermont ever appear on such a list?


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  • John McClaughry
    published this page in EAI Blog 2023-05-26 02:23:00 -0400