ON-Lion Letter
"Education is on the verge of a new frontier," begins a recent joint report from The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix.  "Online virtual schools are spreading, and charter schools now account for some two million students.  Parents are able to find hundreds of educational tools online. 

"A movement is gaining momentum to give all parents the ability to choose where -- and how -- their children are educated," continues Expanding Education Choices:  From Vouchers and Tax Credits to Savings Accounts, by Jonathan Butcher and Lindsey Burke.  "This movement builds on long-standing school choice programs, including the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, and private school scholarship options in Florida and Pennsylvania, among other states."

Butcher is Goldwater's education director.  Burke is Heritage's Will Skillman Fellow in Education.

"The next generation of educational choice must offer more than school choice," they write.  "Parents should have the flexibility to choose among schools, online courses, tutors, and other education services through education savings accounts (ESAs).  ESAs give parents control over the funds that a state would have spent on their child in a public school, allowing them to use their child's funds for a variety of education services and products."

Butcher and Burke then present three ways in which states can refine their existing school-choice programs, transforming existing voucher and tax-credit programs into flexible education savings accounts.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both The Heritage Foundation and the Goldwater Institute.
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