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ERIC Number: ED508454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Using School Choice: Analyzing How Parents Access Educational Freedom. School Choice Issues in Depth
Forster, Greg
Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
This report provides a summary of the process parents must go through to participate in each of the nation's school choice programs, identifying problem areas in some programs. For the first time in one place, this report collects data on participation in each of the programs in current and previous years. Data are given for the number of students and the estimated percentage of all eligible students who participated each year. Key findings of this report include: (1) The Milwaukee voucher program has unusually extensive participation (21 percent of eligible students); (2) The A+ voucher program in Florida began with relatively strong participation (7 percent in 1999-2000) but has seen a steady decline; (3) The only voucher-type programs with participation greater than Milwaukee's are the century-old town tuitioning programs in Maine and Vermont (43 percent and 52 percent, respectively); (4) Cleveland's voucher program has robust participation (8 percent) even though until this year students had to enroll by third grade or lose eligibility; (5) Voucher programs for disabled students have seen strong growth in participation; (6) Washington D.C.'s voucher program has low participation (2 percent); (7) Programs in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida that provide tax-funded scholarships to private schools are quite large; and (8) Programs that provide tax credits or deductions for families' education expenses made private school a little bit easier to afford for about 195,000 families in 2003 in Illinois, 186,000 in 2002 in Minnesota, and 102,000 in 2003 in Iowa. (Contains 23 footnotes.)
Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation. Available from: Foundation for Educational Choice. One American Square Suite 2420, Indianapolis, IN 46282. Tel: 317-681-0745; Fax: 317-681-0945; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; District of Columbia; Florida; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Minnesota; Pennsylvania; United Kingdom (England); Vermont