A new article posted by the Civitas Institute discusses a legislative options that could provide real education choice to North Carolina families: Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). A sample from the article:
ESAs shift the power from schools to parents. With ESAs, parents – not the schools — determine where a child will attend school. Parents also control educational funds. They have the power to spend money on a range of educational options, including tuition, tutoring, and books or even saving for college…..
ESAs offer parents the opportunity to regain control over their child’s education. States can target ESAs on specific populations or create broad categories of eligibility. Either way ESAs are effective ways to expand parental choice and access to quality educational opportunities and infuse competition and reform into the public schools.
Arizona just adopted an ESA measure last year, and North Carolina lawmakers would be wise to follow their lead. Students, parents, teachers and taxpayers would all benefit under any initiative that shifts decision-making and power away from the one-size fits all, centralized top-down bureaucratic dinosaur currently imposed on our children. Simply piling more taxpayer money into the status quo is no longer acceptable.