ON-Lion Letter

“School choice remains in demand as big and bold moves in 2013 resulted in eight new programs and seven programs that were expanded, improved, or strengthened,” according to the new Hope Action Results:  School Choice Yearbook 2012-13 from the Alliance for School Choice (ASC) in Washington, D.C.  “Highlights from 2013 included Indiana’s program doubling in enrollment and Louisiana’s program growing by 38 percent.  Donations to Arizona’s tax credit scholarship programs spiked.

“With growth in school choice on the rise across the country, 2013 served as a new high point in the era of educational choice,” the yearbook continues.  “In 2013, the number of educational choice programs grew from 32 to a total of 39 programs nationwide.  This figure encompasses all eight newly enacted programs, including North Carolina’s special need voucher which replaced the state’s previously existing individual tuition tax credit for children with disabilities.”

A total of 308,560 students participated in these programs, according to ASC.

“We are confident that ultimately our revolution will succeed, because we give voice to millions of children and parents who are asking for nothing more than the fundamental right to a choice that will give them equal access to the quality education they deserve,” writes ASC chairman Betsy DeVos in a foreword to the yearbook.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ASC.

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