Jason Bedrick

Jason Bedrick is director of policy for EdChoice. Previously, he was policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He also served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – May 2021

LEGISLATION Arizona The Arizona House Rules Committee voted to advance SB 1452, a bill that would expand eligibility for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program to include students from low-income families or who are assigned to district schools with a high proportion of low-income students. The bill passed the Arizona Senate Education Committee by a vote of 5-3 and is now […]

The Year of Educational Choice Is Here

A decade ago, the Wall Street Journal declared that 2011 was the “Year of School Choice.” Nearly two months ago, my colleague Mike McShane and I observed that not only were dozens of educational choice bills making progress in state legislatures across the nation, but they were also more likely than in prior years to […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – April 2021

LEGISLATION Alabama HB 559 was introduced and referred to Ways and Means and Education Policy committees. If passed, the bill would allow a taxpayer to claim a tax credit of up to 75 percent of the tax liability of the of the taxpayer, not to exceed $75,000 per taxpayer or a cumulative amount of $30 […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – March 2021

LEGISLATION Arizona The Arizona Senate passed three bills to expand educational opportunities, all of which were then also passed by the Arizona House Ways and Means Committee, including: SB 1452 to expand eligibility for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program to include students from low-income families or who are assigned to district schools with a high proportion of low-income […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – February 2021

LEGISLATION Federal The U.S. Senate saw a reintroduction of previous efforts to create a federal tax credit to donors of state-based scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs) that award scholarships as a part of state tax-credit scholarship programs. The bill, S 447, would create an individual federal credit worth up to $4,500 and a corporate credit worth up […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – January 2021

LEGISLATION Federal  Lawmakers introduced HR 499, a bill seeking to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow military dependent children to establish federally funded education savings accounts. The bill was referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor. The U.S. Senate saw early private school choice action as well. S. […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – November 2020

LEGISLATION New Jersey Lawmakers introduced a couple of coronavirus-related relief measures for families conducting remote learning in the form of state income tax benefits. SB 3104 provides a 25 percent tax credit for qualified education and child care expenses, the former of which includes materials necessary to support remote instruction. AB 4946 is the New […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – August 2020

LEGISLATION Virginia Virginia lawmakers have filed three bills to expand educational choice during the pandemic or similar health crises: • SB 5020 would require any district school operating on a “reduced schedule” to deposit any “unused funds” (i.e., savings from being closed down) into specially established education savings accounts for each student. The ESAs could […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – July 2020

Federal Senators introduced the School Choice Now Act, a bill that would provide a one-time emergency appropriation for state scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs) to maintain scholarship amounts likely to be affected by a decrease in donations from the pandemic. The bill provides a dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit for donations to SGOs, capped at $5 billion per […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – May 2020

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION   National In March, Congress passed The CARES Act, a multi-billion dollar COVID-19 relief stimulus bill that provided emergency relief block grants to states. These funds continued to be processed by states and school districts. In May, U.S. Department of Education guidance enabled governors to appropriate the law’s Education Stabilization Funds to best fit the […]