Education Savings Accounts

New school year brings expanded education options for students, families

Editor’s note: This commentary from John Schoof, a research associate at the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, appeared Thursday on The Daily Signal. Over a million additional students will be eligible to use private school choice options this school year, thanks to the legislative boom across the country in[Read More…]

New Hampshire’s new education savings account will allow families to customize learning

Editor’s note: Be sure to visit reimaginED this Wednesday to listen to a podcast with Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill and New Hampshire state Rep. Glenn Cordelli. Interest in a new school choice option in New Hampshire is running high after more than 1,000 families submitting inquiries to the[Read More…]

Word for Word: Mom Melissa Demain on finding the best fit for her daughter

Editor’s note: This Palm Coast, Florida, mom was happy with the school her daughter, Abby, attended with assistance from a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Then Abby, who had been diagnosed with a special need at age 3, became a teenager and started to struggle. Demain once again found herself seeking[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews West Virginia Sen. Patricia Rucker

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of the state Senate Education Committee about the Mountain State’s recent landmark session for education reform. West Virginia lawmakers expanded open enrollment for district students, created alternative pathways for teacher certification, strengthened existing charter school laws, and created the Hope Scholarship Program,[Read More…]

COVID-19 spurs school choice legislation as Missouri, 4 other states pass education savings account bills

Editor’s note: This post from Wayne D’Orio appeared Monday on The 74. As the new school year ramps up, much of the national attention is focused on mask mandates and how aspects of U.S. history will be taught. But away from the spotlight, the issue of school choice is quietly[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with homeschool mom Melissa Demain

On this episode, redefined senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Palm Coast, Florida, parent Melissa Demain, whose daughter, Abby, receives the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. Demain discusses how her daughter’s medical condition, diagnosed when she was 3, necessitated a transfer from the private school she had[Read More…]

Education choice: past, present, future

In the cover story for its latest issue, Florida Trend, the state’s leading business publication, shines a light on Alberto Carvalho, the innovative superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district. With nearly three-quarters of the students in that district exercising options beyond their zoned neighborhood schools, Miami-Dade is portrayed as head[Read More…]

School choice bill will be ‘game changer’ for Pennsylvania schoolchildren

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation that would establish a state-funded education savings account that families could use to cover the cost of private school tuition or homeschooling. Rep. Andrew Lewis’  Excellent Education for All Act would create Keystone Hope Scholarships, increase funding for the state’s tax credit program for businesses[Read More…]