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Expanding Educational Opportunity in the Granite State

Expanding Educational Opportunity in the Granite State

Note: This post originally appeared on the School Choice New Hampshire blog. New Hampshire lawmakers are currently considering legislation to create an education savings account (ESA) program. ESAs allow parents to customize their child’s education using a portion of the funds that the state would have spent on their child at his or her assigned […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2017

February School Choice Brief

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Alabama The Alabama Senate passed SB 123, a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh that would expand the tax credits available through the state’s Education Scholarship Program. The bill is currently before the House Ways and Means Education Committee. Arizona SB 1431, a bill that would expand the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to near-universal eligibility, […]

Ohio Education Savings Account Bill Expands Choice, Consolidates Programs

Ohio ESA

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 education savings account (ESA) program. Ohio currently has more voucher programs than any other state, and this bill would consolidate three of them: the Cleveland Scholarship Program—the nation’s second voucher program, […]

Study Finds Proposed Arkansas Universal ESA Likely to Save Money

Arkansas Universal ESA

Legislators in Arkansas proposed a bill (HB 1222) to increase educational choice for families through an education savings account (ESA) program available to every child across the state.  And though the previously conducted empirical studies on the financial effects of private school choice programs have found overall benefits to the state, taxpayers and individual districts, […]

Georgia Bill Could Make Educational Choice Available to All

Georgia state flag

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 completely universal education savings account (ESA) program. School choice is heating up faster than Hotlanta on a sunny day in July during a dry spell! Georgia would be expanding its educational […]

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

Texas 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 was amended in seven key ways. 1.  The bill now limits ESA eligibility only to students who have attended a Texas public school for one year prior to applying. 2.  Legislators […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2017

January 2017 State Brief

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona SB 1431, a bill that would expand the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to near-universal eligibility, was introduced to the Arizona legislature last month. The bill was referred to both the Senate Education Committee and the Rules Committee. Arkansas HB 1222, a bill that would create a tax credit-funded education savings account program, […]