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Looking for the facts about school choice? You’ve come to the right place. Here's what you need to know about school choice programs and the school choice movement nationwide.

Programs

  • Thirty-two private school choice programs have been enacted across the country.
  • There are 16 voucher programs, 14 scholarship tax credit programs, one education savings account program, and one individual tuition tax credit of significant size.
  • There was more than $800 million in dedicated funding available for school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs nationwide in 2011-12. Over the previous five years, the amount of dedicated funding for school choice programs has more than doubled from less than $300 million.
  • More than half of the school choice programs enacted over the past five years were either passed by Democratic legislatures or signed by Democratic governors.
  • The nation’s longest-running school choice program is the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (a voucher program created in 1990).
  • The nation’s newest school choice programs, all enacted in 2012, are the Louisiana Scholarship Tax Rebate Program in Louisiana, the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program, the Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits in Virginia, the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit, and the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit in Pennsylvania.

States

  • In 2012, 16 states and the District of Columbia and Douglas County, Colorado offered private school choice programs.
  • States with private school choice include: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Programs have also been enacted in Washington, D.C. and Douglas County, Colorado.
  • Three states (Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Virginia) enacted their first private school choice program in 2012.
  • Two states (Ohio and Arizona) have four school choice programs each.
  • More than 40 states introduced legislation to enact school choice programs during the 2011-12 legislative session.
  • In the 2011-12 state legislative sessions, 35 legislative chambers have passed private school choice legislation in 19 states.

Student Enrollment

  • During the 2012-13 school year, more than:
    • Over 9,300 scholarships were awarded to students through Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program.
    • Over 50,000 students are participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.
    • 17,000 students are participating in Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program.
    • 6,500 students are participating in Ohio’s Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program.
    • 1,300 students are participating in Ohio’s Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program.
    • Nearly 5,000 students are participating in Louisiana's expanded Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program.
  • During the 2012-13 school year:
    • More than 245,854 children participated in private school choice programs across the country.
    • There were 81,590 students enrolled in school voucher programs, 128,792 students enrolled in scholarship tax credit programs, and 142 students participating in education savings account programs.