Breaking down barriers between zip code and opportunity by expanding access to public education options.
- Most students in America are limited to attending a public school that is assigned to them. Although many families choose their public school by deciding where to live, only 14 percent of students are enrolled in a public school outside of their zoned school according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
- The most vulnerable students in America do not have the freedom to pursue education opportunities in the same ways the rich, powerful, and connected families always have.
- The Education Freedom Scholarships (EFS) proposal creates a $5 billion annual federal tax credit for voluntary donations to state-based scholarship programs, empowering elementary and secondary students and families to choose the right education options for them – regardless of where they live, how much they make, and how they learn.
How EFS Can Expand Public Education Options
- States can design their programs to work hand-in-hand with existing public education options to enhance individual students’ education experiences, not replace them.
- The scholarships can be focused on expanding access to education programs and services for public school students enrolled in:
- District public schools, perhaps focusing on low-performing schools, or those in specific regions, such as urban or rural areas;
- Out-of-district public schools;
- Magnet schools;
- Public virtual schools; and
- Public charter schools.
- The scholarships could cover allowable education expenses as defined by States, including, but not limited to:
- Advanced courses, like Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate;
- Elective courses, like art, music, or world languages;
- Credit recovery or other remedial courses;
- Tutoring services;
- Special education services and therapies not required by a student’s Individualized Education Program;
- Purchasing educational technology, including learning software or hardware.
- Transportation to education providers outside of a family’s zoned school;
- Open or dual enrollment allowing high school students to earn college credit; and
- Fees for summer education programs and specialized after-school education programs.