ON-Lion Letter
More than 171,000 children are benefiting from school-voucher and scholarship tax-credit programs in the 2008-09 academic year, according to the Alliance for School Choice (ASC) in Washington, D.C.  In February, ASC released its School Choice Yearbook 2008-09, the school-choice movement’s most-comprehensive digest of facts, trends, news, and research.

There are 18 school-choice programs operating in 10 states and the District of Columbia, the 60-page yearbook reports.  Overall student enrollment in these programs grew eight percent -- to a projected 171,332 students -- from the 2007-08 school year and has grown 89% percent since the 2003-04 school year.

Legislators in 44 states introduced school-choice bills during the 2007-08 legislative session.  In '08, new private school-choice programs were created in Georgia and Louisiana, while four additional programs were improved or expanded. 

"The success and growth of the school choice movement comes not as a result of work in Washington, D.C., but because of work by state-level activists, parents, and committed lawmakers across the country," according to interim ASC president John Schilling.  "Through the Yearbook, we are honored to chronicle the hard work and achievements of the school choice heroes spanning the country from Phoenix to Providence."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ASC.
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