School choice has been around for nearly 150 years. Vermont’s town-tuitioning program has served families since 1869. In 1991, Wisconsin became the first state to create a modern school voucher program. In 1991, Minnesota became the first state to create a law allowing charter schools.
The table below lists the enacted and launched dates for every private school choice program in the nation to date. That includes education savings accounts (ESAs), vouchers, tax-credit scholarships and individual tax credit and deduction programs. You can sort the table by state, program name, program type, date enacted, or date launched. For more information on an individual state or program, simply click the links within the table.
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