Feltscher to Breitbart: Choice for All Students is the Future of American Education
Late last week, and just in time for School Choice Week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a universal education savings account (ESA) bill for all of the District of Columbia’s children. The program allows parents, regardless of income or background, to take control of the dollars the District spends on their children’s educations and create customized educational plans to suit the needs and strengths of the individual student.
If the bill passes and is implemented, D.C. will join five states – Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and Nevada – that currently have laws on the books allowing parents access to this revolutionary program. In Arizona, where parents have had access to ESAs since 2011, a study showed about two-thirds of parents use their ESA accounts as a voucher to send their kids to private schools, and over a third are using the program to customize their children’s educations. Parents have brought tutors into their homes, sent kids with special needs to cutting-edge therapy programs, enrolled them in individual online or community college courses, and created combinations of opportunities that work best for their children. And because the programs are so new, the possibilities of empowering parents to make educational decisions are just starting to emerge as parents find the best ways to best educate their children.