School Choice: Know Your Options

The American education system is in crisis. There are growing public concerns over reduced academic standards in general and the poor performance of numerous school districts in particular. As more parents elect to send their kids to private schools, they must cope with the challenge of paying for this choice. Many financial solutions and workarounds to this problem are currently being tested across the country.

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Scholarship Tax Credits

Children are assigned to public schools based on where they live, and these schools are funded by local property taxes. In this way, districts with poorer residents often have poorer quality schools. The school choice movement supports alternatives to level the playing field.

The most common programs involve scholarship tax credits. Participating states give tax credits in exchange for donations to organizations which create school tuition scholarships. Students receive these scholarships to attend sammamish private schools, or public schools in better … Read more