School Choice

There are two general categories of school choice programs: public and private. Public choice options provide parents with educational choices within the public school sector and include open enrollment, magnet schools and charter schools. Private choice programs use public dollars to fund education options in the private sector, often at private schools. These programs include vouchers, education saving accounts and scholarship tax credits.

Additionally, the following resources capture state policy trends, examples and other contextual information important for anyone working on these issues.

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50-State Comparisons

How all states approach school choice policies.


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on school choice issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for school choice.

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The Arts Education Partnership recently embarked on new work exploring the intersection of arts education and school choice, and what better time than National School Choice Week to provide an update on this work?

As this year’s legislative sessions kick off, looking back at last year’s school choice efforts can provide insight for the work ahead.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on school choice.

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