BRIEF: School Choice in the States November 2016


There are no state updates this month regarding school choice program legislation or litigation developments.



-Although news headlines have focused primarily on the presidential race, our team took a closer look at the election results from this year’s 12 state gubernatorial races. Click to find out where America’s governors stand on school choice.

-President-elect Donald Trump nominated longtime school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Check out the five things the new White House can do to support school choice and read EdChoice President and CEO Robert Enlow’s piece in TES USA on the new administration’s approach to education.

-EdChoice played host to a group of Arkansas lawmakers last month for an educational choice briefing and fact-finding trip in Arizona. The Arkansas lawmakers visited schools and parents who access learning options through education savings accounts and tax-credit scholarships.

-We released new national research last month, The Private School Landscape, which provides a different and deeper analysis on new and updated data on the change in private school capacity and student composition in response to the implementation of school choice programs. Flip through this slide show or listen to our podcast to learn this report’s highlights in minutes.

-Valerie McMurray’s birth mother was a heroin addict, and because of her drug abuse, Valerie was born with Cerebral Palsy. She was adopted by a loving family, but struggled in traditional public and private schools. Hear her full educational choice story in her own words here