school choice pennsylvania

No real education reform without school choice. Bigger budgets won’t do enough.

Originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Flooding public schools with more money won’t deliver educational opportunity for every student. Equitable opportunity requires that every student has access to the educational environment that best meets their needs. And the best people to decide the environment that best meets their needs are their parents.

This isn’t a distant ideal. It’s already a reality for an increasing number of students across the nation.

In March, Florida became the fourth state this year, following Arkansas, Utah, and Iowa, to create universal Education Savings Account (ESA) programs for students. ESAs provide educational resources to families, allowing parents to decide how best to spend funds (typically $7,000 to $8,000) on expenses, including private school tuition, home school curriculum, or special needs tutoring.

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