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Aaron Smith of Reason Foundation writes about the work still to be done by states on school choice:

Despite a banner year for the school-choice movement in 2021, state spending on school-choice programs such as vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax-credit scholarships consists of less than 0.5 percent of total K–12 public-education expenditures in the U.S. This is because most programs are narrowly targeted to subgroups such as students from low-income families and those with disabilities.

For state legislators, the obvious solution to this supply-and-demand problem is to establish programs that are available to all student groups while expanding eligibility under existing policies. The good news: More than 30 states are considering school-choice legislation this session, unlocking millions more dollars for families to spend on private educational services.

Unfortunately, even under these proposals, most families still won’t have access to school choice, and other reforms are needed to help those who remain in public schools. To do this, state policy-makers should look to the work of Milton Friedman: the economist who inspired the modern school-choice movement.

Read the whole thing here.

Dominic Pino is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review Institute.





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