ESAs Supporting School Choice in Other States

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Educations savings accounts are the future of school choice, and new data out today show how families are using ESAs to customize educational options.

In 2014, Florida became the second state, after Arizona in 2011, to enact education savings accounts (ESAs), which enable families to utilize state funding to customize K-12 schooling options beyond just private school tuition. This year, more than 10,000 Florida students with special needs utilized the program, which is now called the Gardiner Scholarship.

In our latest report, Personalizing Education, EdChoice’s Jason Bedrick and the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke examine how Florida parents have utilized their ESA funds in the first two years of the program.

As Burke and Bedrick found in Arizona, Florida families are deploying their resources in many different ways beyond private school tuition—empowering them to tailor-make educational opportunities for their students