ERIC Number: ED484792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-25
Choices in Education: 2005 Progress Report. Backgrounder No. 1848
School choice is in high demand and growing. Twenty years ago, few states had policies or programs allowing parents the freedom to make choices in their children's education. Today, 11 states and the District of Columbia have state-funded scholarship programs or provide tax relief for education expenses or contributions to scholarship funds. Most states have charter or magnet schools, dual enrollment programs are common, and all 50 states allow parents to home school their children. Ultimately, school choice is about enabling all parents to enroll their children in the schools public, public charter, private, or home that best meet their individual needs. While legal and legislative obstacles remain, parents across the country have persistently demanded more educational freedom for their students. Parental choice programs are spreading throughout the country. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have publicly funded voucher or tax credit programs, and 40 states and the District of Columbia have charter school laws. Other states and Congress may yet adopt parental choice legislation before the end of the year. The principles of parental empowerment and educational opportunity are shaping the education policy debate as more policymakers realize the benefits that choice holds for the nation's children.
Descriptors: State Programs, School Choice, Magnet Schools, Home Schooling, Dual Enrollment, State Legislation, Public Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Tax Credits, Tuition
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.