The Year of School Choice: 42 States Consider School Vouchers, Scholarship Tax Credits in 2011


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The Year of School Choice: 42 States Consider School Vouchers, Scholarship Tax Credits in 2011

State Legislators Fight for Children and School Choice
Washington, D.C. (June 16, 2011) – Forty-two states have introduced legislation in 2011 to create or expand school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs, according to an analysis completed today by the American Federation for Children — the nation’s voice for school choice.

If these bills pass, millions of children would have the opportunity to attend the private schools of their parents’ choice, demonstrating historic momentum for the popular educational choice movement.

Fifty-four bills create or expand voucher programs and 42 bills create or expand tax credit scholarship programs. Many bills often target disadvantaged children, including 27 bills for special needs children, two bills for military children, and two bills for children in foster care, according to AFC analyst Michelle Gininger, who conducted the research.

Since the beginning of the year, 12 bills have been enacted in nine states that will create, expand, and restore highly accountable and effective school choice programs.

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