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ERIC Number: ED498406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Education Options in the States: State Programs That Provide Financial Assistance for Attendance at Private Elementary or Secondary Schools
US Department of Education
In recent years, parents have benefited from a significant expansion of educational options for their children. Parents have many more opportunities than just a few years ago to choose from an array of public school options, including charter, virtual, and magnet schools. Expanding educational options for parents is one of the hallmarks of the federal "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" ("NCLB"), and it remains one of President Bush's highest priorities. Parents also have access to an increasing number of state programs that provide financial support for their children to attend private schools. As of August 2007, there were 24 programs in 13 states and the District of Columbia that provide financial assistance in the form of voucher or voucher-like tuition assistance, tax credits, and tax deductions, compared with seven programs in seven states a decade ago. This report provides information on these programs. It will be a useful reference for parents, educators, researchers, public officials, and others. Information on state programs in this report is organized in two sections, followed by two appendices. "Overview of State Programs" provides an overview of the state programs, including tables of selected state program data. Data are presented in tables according to program type. "Descriptions of State Programs" provides individual summary descriptions of the respective state programs. Where available, information is provided on the following topics: program type, name, description, amount of assistance, number of participants, authorizing statute, legislative history, judicial history, and sources for more information. Appendix A provides citations for the authorizing statute(s), with expanded statute descriptions and hyperlinks to statutory documents, for each of the respective state programs. Appendix B lists Web resources for further information on the state programs and for information on issues in private school choice generally. (Contains 4 tables.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Nonpublic Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001