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Mar 05

Mapping Drive Times to Hope Scholarship-Accepting Private Schools in Florida

In many ways, Florida is at the top of the class when it comes to private schools and educational choice. Florida has a lot...
Feb 27

New Government Report on Educational Options for American Indian Students Omits Private Schools

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report yesterday titled Public School Choice: Limited Options Available for Many American Indian and Alaska Native...
Feb 14

Mapping Drive Times from Private Schools in West Virginia

West Virginia families lack the diverse educational opportunities families in many other states enjoy. But if the state were to create a private school...
Jun 26

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2019

Where are America’s students getting their education? Which types of schools and educational settings are they choosing? MID-YEAR UPDATE: With the recent release of...
Jan 22

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2019 Edition

Have you ever wanted to know how much your state spends on school choice programs compared to what it spends on K–12 education as...
Sep 14

How Tennessee’s ESA Spending Compares to Other States

Last month, the Tennessee Department of Education released the final expense report summary and enrollment data for the first full year of the state’s...
Aug 06

Mapping Drive Times from Private Schools in New Hampshire

New Hampshire already has a tax-credit scholarship and town tuitioning, and according to recent survey data, many existing New Hampshire private schools are open...
Jun 13

Mapping Drive-Times from Private Schools in Oklahoma

Oklahoma helps more than an estimated 2,500 families afford private school through its tax-credit scholarship and voucher programs, but do kids in this fairly...
Mar 29

Mapping Drive-Times from Private Schools in South Carolina

South Carolina already has a tax-credit scholarship and individual tax credit for families of students with special needs, and existing South Carolina private schools...
Mar 13

Mapping Indiana’s K–12 Student Transfers

Earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released its first ever Public Corporation Transfer Report showing how many students in each district...
Feb 19

Mapping Indiana’s Public District School Choice Transfers

Hoosier families have many options when it comes to K–12 education. While the state’s private school choice programs have garnered plenty of local and...
Jan 25

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2018

We have arrived at that time of year where we look at where each state’s students are educated. Similar to last year, the EdChoice...
Jan 23

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2018 Edition

We’re back again in 2018, ranking the states’ aggregate spending on private educational choice programs as a percentage of their total K–12 spending. For...
Dec 21

EdChoice Offers New Service: Mapping Private School Hot Spots

As someone who has been working with private school data for nearly five years, I am always looking for more tools to help us...
Apr 17

EdChoice at the annual AEFP Conference

A few weeks ago (March 16–18), we attended the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s (AEFP) annual conference in Washington, D.C. AEFP is definitely...
Mar 22

Missouri Bill Competes with Arkansas to Create Nation’s First Tax Credit-Funded ESAs

Yes, Missouri is on its way to its first educational choice program! In the coming weeks, Missouri legislators will be discussing a bill that...
Mar 03

Ohio Education Savings Account Bill Expands Choice, Consolidates Programs

Today, the Opportunity Scholarship Program (SB 85) was introduced in the Ohio Senate. The bill, if passed as introduced, would create the Midwest’s first...
Feb 22

Georgia Bill Could Make Educational Choice Available to All

Friday, Georgia’s Senate Education and Youth Committee will hear the Individual Student Education Act. The bill, if passed as currently worded, would create a...
Feb 21

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs

You may have noticed a new chart in this year’s edition of The ABCs of School Choice. That’s because we wanted to do something...
Feb 16

Arizona bill seeks to make ESAs available to all by 2020

UPDATE April 7, 2017 This nearly universal expansion of Arizona’s education savings accounts (ESA), SB 1431, passed out of the Senate last night in...
Feb 08

Texas Bill Aims to Create State’s First Two School Choice Programs

UPDATE March 31, 2017 Before the Texas Senate passed SB 3, formerly a universal education savings account (ESA) bill, on March 30, the bill...
Feb 06

New Hampshire bill could create education savings accounts for nearly all K–12 students

A few weeks ago, New Hampshire legislators introduced Education Freedom Savings Accounts in the Senate. The bill, if passed, would set up an education...
Jan 26

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2017 Edition

We’ve given our readers an overview of educational choice programs across the nation this week with rankings based on eligibility and participation. But one major question still...
Jan 26

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2017 Edition

Which of America’s school choice programs has the most participants? Which has the least? The latest edition of The ABCs of School Choice gives the...
Jan 26

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2017 Edition

At EdChoice, our goal for any educational choice program is universal eligibility. We believe that all parents—regardless of ZIP Code, income, or any other...
Jan 25

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2017

In my continual quest to provide the most comprehensive data possible, I have revamped how we look at the educational choice share, or EdChoice...
Jan 19

Arkansas introduces a universal tax credit-funded ESA bill, takes a huge step for students

UPDATE March 31, 2017 Arkansas’s SB 746, a tax credit-funded education savings account (ESA) similar to the failed HB 1222, also failed to pass in...
Dec 22

Nevada Teachers’ Union Poll Finds Support for Educational Choice

A Clark County voter poll commissioned by Nevada’s Clark County Education Association (CCEA), a local teachers’ union, and conducted by Quirk Global Strategies made the...
Dec 15

Exploring Arizona’s Private Schools After Nearly Two Decades of Educational Choice

The Grand Canyon State is a pioneer when it comes to educational choice. Arizona has been home to the nation’s first universal school choice...
Aug 18

Top Findings From New Arkansas Private School Survey

Arkansas is on its way to becoming a natural, actual, real, authentical educational choice lovin’ state. Just like Johnny Cash’s song character Joe Bean,...
May 06

How the Friedman Foundation Estimates Educational Choice Program Eligibility

If you have ever seen a sentence on the Friedman Foundation website along the lines of “You Might Be Eligible For [a specific education...
Mar 23

Exploring Nebraska’s Private Education Sector: Top Three Findings

Growing up, the only things I knew about Nebraska were Cornhusker football and Tom Osborne (which are synonymous in most people’s minds). When I...
Oct 21

Exploring Colorado’s Private Education Sector: Top Three Findings

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, snowboarding, spelunking—Colorado is at the top when it comes to choices for outdoor adventures....
Aug 18

Top Findings from “Exploring Nevada’s Private Education Sector”

The creation of Nevada’s first school choice programs could be considered the “tipping point” for the private school choice movement. With legislators creating both...
Feb 24

A New Look at Data from the Nation’s Largest School Choice Program

Indiana’s statewide school choice program is either incredibly controversial or wildly popular, depending on with whom one speaks. To the former, vouchers only help the...
Nov 19

Keeping Up with Indiana Private Schools of Choice

Indiana could be considered the “pace car” in the private school choice race among states. But as any racing fan will know, not all...
Oct 30

What’s in “The School Starter Checklist”?

 “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there...
May 30

Breaking Down “Public Rules on Private Schools”

“Regulators, mount up!”  That line from a popular western film, used later in a famous hip-hop song, is not generally thought of as one...
May 22

Does School Choice Rob from the Poor to Give to the Rich?

“…t may surprise you to learn that in a growing number of states, legislators are setting aside public money to pay for private school...
Oct 07

Another Way to Save for College?

Let’s get hypothetical: What could happen if every student in Arizona had access to education savings accounts (ESAs), called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, and used the...

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