How Members Are Prioritizing Choice in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

School choice is an issue of ongoing debate among advocates, though public support continues to be strong and bipartisan. This year, PIE Network members are looking to expand current programs and allow access for more children, play defense against attacks from opponents, and push the envelope by creating new robust and innovative programs.

Key Takeaways

  • This issue remains divisive, even in the education reform community. Twenty-six members said they were planning to engage on the issue, whereas 17 (the second highest of any category) said the issue is not a priority.
  • Member organizations hope to expand choice programs and increase parental access to the programs.
  • Compared to 2017, school choice activity has roughly remained the same.

State Snapshot

Twenty-four PIE Network members in 18 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list. 

Member Engagement

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


Twenty-four members report currently engaging on this issue. 

  • AR Arkansas Learns: Inter- and Intra-District School Choice
  • AZ A for Arizona: Expand and Grow Awareness about Arizona’s Robust Choice Environment; Improve Choice Equity, and Design Funding and Policies that Support High Quality Choice Including One-Stop Enrollment
  • CA EdVoice: Expand Inter-District Transfer Flexibility without Home District Veto
  • CA Parent Revolution: Create Equitable Enrollment Systems in Los Angeles
  • CO A+ Colorado: Ensure Families Have Accurate Information at District and State Levels
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Increase High Quality School Choice Options
  • CO Ready Colorado: Breaking Down Barriers to Open Enrollment
  • CT ConnCAN: New Schools, Reduce Statewide Waitlist
  • DC DC School Reform Now: Increase Accessibility for Underserved Communities
  • DC DFER District of Columbia: Make High-Quality Seats Available to All Kids
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Provide for Growth and Stability of Existing Choice Options and Enact Anti-bullying Choice Program
  • GA GeorgiaCAN: Increase the Cap of the Student Tax Credit Scholarship Program
  • IN Institute For Quality Education: Prevent any Rollback of the Current Programs and Policies
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Increase the Amount of Quality Information Parents can Access to Make Informed Choices and Increase the Diversity of District Portfolios
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Greater Accountability
  • MN EdAllies: Explore Expanded Access to School Choice
  • MO Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri: Establish Education Scholarship Accounts, Improve Course Access and Virtual School Options in Public School Districts
  • NE Educate Nebraska: Help Pass a Tax Credit Scholarship Bill
  • NY NYCAN: Considered a Necessary Precondition to any Thriving System, not an Add-on
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Shift Eligibility to Family Income Instead of Public School Grade
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Expand Tax Credit Scholarships to New Subset of Students
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Building Toward a Larger Push in 2019
  • TX Texas Aspires: Don’t Get Hit in the Private School Choice Crossfire
  • WA DFER Washington: Support Parent Engagement Provisions of ESSA

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners on this issue.

  • DFER Colorado, Jen Walmer, State Director: Building Support among Democrats for School Choice Policy
  • EdAllies, Daniel Sellers, Executive Director: School Integration, Choice, and Quality
  • EdVoice, Bill Lucia, President & CEO: School Choice
  • Institute for Quality Education, Betsy Wiley, President: School Choice
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio, Chad Aldis, Vice President of Ohio Policy and Advocacy: Vouchers

Members most frequently listed American Federation for Children, EdChoice, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education as go-tos for advice and resources on accountability and transparency. 


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