America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2020 Edition - EdChoice

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2020 Edition

The 2020 edition of The ABCs of School Choice gives the most up-to-date information we have on program participation.

In this post we rank the programs by how many participants they have, based on the most recent data available for each program at the time of this writing. Last year’s rankings are in parentheses following each program name.

While participation is a key factor in analyzing school choice systems, program design is just as important. Take the top five programs below, for example: Most of these programs offer families tax relief for private school tuition. Such programs often fail to provide immediate financial support to families of all income levels.

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), vouchers and tax-credit scholarships, however, have the ability to provide families with the needed flexibility and funding to meet their children’s educational needs.

Eligibility, regulations and funding play important roles in how people and schools interact with school choice programs.

 

1. Illinois’s Tax Credits for Educational Expenses (1)
Individual Tax Credit | 265,437 tax returns

2. Minnesota’s Education Deduction (2)
Individual Tax Deduction | 205,655 tax returns

3. Iowa’s Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit (3)
Individual Tax Credit | 116,707 tax returns

4. Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (4)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 108,570 students

5. Louisiana’s Elementary & Secondary School Tuition Deduction (5)
Individual Tax Deduction | 77,097 tax returns

6. Indiana’s Private School/Homeschool Deduction (6)
Individual Tax Deduction | 56,223 tax returns

7. Minnesota’s K–12 Education Credit (7)
Individual Tax Credit | 40,506 tax returns

8. Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (10)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 37,725 scholarships

9. Wisconsin’s K–12 Private School Tuition Deduction (8)
Individual Tax Deduction | 38,170 tax returns

10. Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program (9)
Voucher | 36,290 students

11. Arizona’s Original Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program (11)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 32,585 scholarships

12. Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (13)
Voucher | 28,978 students

13. Florida’s John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program (12)
Voucher | 28,935 students

14. Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program (14)
Voucher | 28,197 students

15. Arizona’s “Switcher” Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program (15)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 22,348 scholarships

16. Arizona’s Low-Income Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program (16)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 20,964 scholarships

17. Pennsylvania’s Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (17)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 14,419 scholarships

18. Georgia’s Qualified Educational Expense Tax Credit (18)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 13,895 scholarships

19. Florida’s Gardiner Scholarships (19)
ESA | 13,884 students

20. North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarships (23)
Voucher | 12,183 students

21. Ohio’s Income-Based Scholarship Program (22)
Voucher | 11,353 students

22. Iowa’s School Tuition Organization Tax Credit (20)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 10,791 scholarships

23. Indiana’s School Scholarship Tax Credit (21)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 10,146 scholarships

24. Wisconsin’s Parental Choice Program (Statewide) (26)
Voucher | 9,746 students

25. Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship Program (NR)
Voucher | 9,095 students

26. Ohio’s Cleveland Scholarship Program (24)
Voucher | 7,251 students

27. Illinois’s Invest in Kids Program (63)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 7,178 scholarships

28. Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (27)
ESA | 7,079 students

29. Louisiana Scholarship Program (25)
Voucher | 6,892 students

30. Maine’s Town Tuitioning Program (29)
Voucher | 5,374 students

31. Ohio’s Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (28)
Voucher | 5,007 students

32. Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (30)
Voucher | 4,873 students

33. Virginia’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program (31)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 4,505 scholarships

34. Alabama’s Education Scholarship Program (32)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 4,006 students

35. Wisconsin’s Parental Private School Choice Program (Racine) (36)
Voucher | 3,650 students

36. Vermont’s Town Tuitioning Program (35)
Voucher | 3,627 students

37. Maryland’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program (34)
Voucher | 3,168 students

38. Ohio’s Autism Scholarship (33)
Voucher | 3,152 students

39. Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships (37)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 2,555 students

40. South Carolina’s Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (39)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 2,327 students

41. Louisiana’s Tuition Donation Credit Program (40)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 2,115 students

42. North Carolina’s Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities (42)
Voucher | 1,754 students

43. Washington D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarships Program (41)
Voucher | 1,724 students

44. Nevada’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program (38)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 1,491 scholarships

45. Utah’s Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship (43)
Voucher| 1,107 students

46. Arizona’s Lexie’s Law for Disabled and Displaced Students Tax Credit Scholarship Program  (44)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 1,103 scholarships

47. Wisconsin’s Special Needs Scholarship Program (46)
Voucher | 1,058 students

48. Oklahoma’s Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (46)
Voucher | 1,002 students

49. South Dakota’s Partners in Education Tax Credit Program (48)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 720 students

50. South Carolina’s Refundable Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (47)
Individual Tax Credit| 508 students

51. Mississippi’s Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Program (53)
ESA | 502 students

52. Louisiana’s School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities (51)
Voucher | 486 students

53. Arkansas’s Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities (55)
Voucher | 427 students

54. New Hampshire’s Education Tax Credit Program (49)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 413 students

55. Puerto Rico’s Free School Selection Program (NR)
Voucher | 407 students

56. Rhode Island’s Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Organizations (50)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 397 students

57. Kansas’s Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program (52)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 369 students

58. North Carolina’s Personal Education Savings Account (54)
ESA | 282 students

59. Florida’s Hope Scholarship Program (59)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 271 students

60. Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program (56)
Voucher | 249 students

61. Tennessee’s Individualized Education Account Program (58)
ESA | 137 students

62. Alabama’s Accountability Act of 2013 Parent/Taxpayer Refundable Tax Credits (57)
Individual Tax Credit | 120 tax returns

63. Montana’s Tax Credits for Contributions to Student Scholarship Organizations (60)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 25 students

64. New Hampshire’s Town Tuitioning Program (61)
Voucher | 17 students

65. Mississippi’s Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program (62)
Voucher | 2 students

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