Education Savings Accounts Posted on January 16, 2014 | Policy Report

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

This policy brief reviews the accounts’ first years of operation. 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 will cover 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 will offer three recommendations for education savings account expansion, fraud prevention, and academic transparency.


Jonathan Butcher is a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute. He has researched and testified on education policy and school choice programs around the U.S. His work has appeared in ... Read

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