Policy Documents

A New Day for School Choice: Education Savings Accounts Turn 3 Years Old

Jonathan Butcher –
December 16, 2013

This policy brief reviews the ESA's first years of operation in Arizona. Legislative changes since lawmakers enacted the accounts have given more children access, and in 2013, researchers conducted the first studies of how families are using the accounts. This brief covers the new legislation and research, along with developments in a lawsuit that an Arizona teachers' union and school boards' association filed against the accounts. Finally, this report offers three recommendations for education savings account expansion, fraud prevention, and academic transparency.