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March 29, 2013

States Expanding Programs for Parental Choice on Schools

Several states are shifting the focus of education spending from public-school classrooms to parents' pocketbooks, expanding opportunities for families to use vouchers and tax credits to send their children to the schools they choose, which benefits private, parochial, and charter schools, writes The New York Times.

Earlier this week, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld that state's voucher program, the nation's broadest, and Arizona has enacted tax credits and expanded eligibility for education savings accounts to enhance school choice.

In all, 17 states have established 33 programs that allow parents to use taxpayer dollars to enroll their kids in private school, according to the nonprofit American Federation for Children, a pro-school-choice advocacy. Teachers' unions and public-school advocates are battling such efforts, saying they divert badly needed investment in public education.