How Members Are Prioritizing School Choice in 2019
December 11, 2018

2019 Outlook

After a sharp uptick among advocates in 2017, the number of PIE Network members anticipating work on school choice issues decreased going into 2019. Ten organizations in 14 states are planning to work on issues that affect access to school choice programs: funding caps, student eligibility, and artificial barriers to participation. Work around public school choice programs, such as open enrollment, is also of interest to Network members. Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.

Key Takeaways

  • Advocates are primarily focused on enacting new programs or expanding current programs.
  • Reducing barriers to accessing choice programs is also a goal for advocates.
  • Overall, the amount of Network members working on choice issues has decreased since 2017.

State Snapshot

Eleven PIE Network members in 14 states are planning to prioritize school choice issues in 2019.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who plan to work on similar school choice policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an introduction.

  • CO Ready Colorado: Improve family-friendly systems for open enrollment
  • DE DelawareCAN: Streamline the school choice process to remove barriers in access
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Create a new scholarship program for low-income and working-class families
  • HI HawaiiKidsCAN: Request the Department of the Auditor to conduct a study on geographic exception use, and use this information to report out on equity implications
  • IL Empower Illinois: Protect the Invest in Kids Act
  • IN Institute for Quality Education: Expand Indiana’s voucher program eligibility
  • MO Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri: Support ESA legislation
  • NC NorthCarolinaCAN: Maintain funding for choice programs (ESAs, special needs scholarship, Opportunity Scholarship)
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Increase access to private school choice options
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Establish a statewide Education Savings Account Program that will allow eligible families to use existing public school funds to provide their children access to a variety of school types and educational options
  • Multiple States Foundation for Excellence in Education: Expand scholarship opportunities for students to attend the school of their choice in more than two dozen states; significant focus in states like AR, FL, GA, KY, MO, OH, TN, UT

Expertise on this Issue

Advocates from across the Network have offered to thought partner on the following issues within this policy area:


Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.

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