Enrollment increasing in private options

Our friends at the Alliance for School Choice have released the newest version of their annual yearbook of choice data and trends, noting that about 190,000 students nationwide are benefitting from a publicly funded private learning option.

The yearbook includes a state-by-state analysis of 20 policies that award tax credit scholarships or school vouchers. Enrollment in these programs has doubled since the 2004-05 school year, according to the alliance, and increased nearly 5 percent this year, despite the souring economy.

Florida has the most enrollment with 54,000 students participating in either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Two states, Arizona and Ohio, have three publicly funded private options each with a combined enrollment of nearly 51,400.

Seven of the 20 policies examined are tailored to students with special needs. Enrollment in these programs total about 26,000 students.

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit