Policy

Where school choice could expand next

A whopping 19 created or expanded private school choice programs last year.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Gov. Lee presented the Education Freedom Scholarship Act of 2024, his administration’s legislative proposal to establish statewide universal school choice. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

School choice advocates are watching several Republican-led states that could create or expand public subsidies for private education this year, as GOP lawmakers continue to call for letting families use taxpayer dollars to educate their children any way they choose.

Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee leaders will likely make a serious push to create education savings accounts open to all families, said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of EdChoice, an Indiana-based group that advocates for school choice programs. Families can generally use ESAs to pay for a variety of private education expenses, such as tuition, tutoring and laptops.

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