by Katie Furtick
May 07, 2014
Nationwide, states have continued to march forward in their efforts for more school choice. In 2013 thirteen states created or expanded tuition tax credits, private school scholarships or traditional school choice vouchers. Years of these legislative victories have led to a total of 48 school choice programs available to children and their families across the United States. These programs include 22 voucher programs, 16 tax-credit scholarship programs, one education savings account program, and eight individual tax-credit/deduction programs. An estimated 260,000 students used vouchers and tax-credit scholarships to enroll in the school of their choice in 2013, and an additional 847,000 parents and families received tax relief through individual tax credits/deductions for approved educational expenses. The education section of Reason Foundation’s Annual Privatization Report 2014 provides an overview of the latest on school choice, charter schools, student-based budgeting, and the expansion of school funding portability across the U.S.