ESA Articles

Education Savings Accounts, also referred to as ESAs, are the next evolution in school choice. While they are new to New Hampshire, they are not new to other states.

Education Savings Accounts are funds that children receive to a designated account that are used for specified educational purposes. Approved uses often include school tuition, online educational programs, tutoring, textbooks, AP classes, assessments, and other education-related fees. They benefit the most vulnerable in our communities — those of lower-economics means and children with special needs. New Hampshire already offers tax-credit scholarships for K-12 students based on family income levels. In this program 10% of the scholarship recipients are students with special needs. Although the scholarship helps some children, many more are trapped in their zip code assigned schools; the ESA would free them to access resources they otherwise cannot obtain.

Below is a list of various articles about school choice and ESA programs in general as well as the one proposed for New Hampshire in Senate Bill 193.

General

EdChoice: What is an Education Savings Account
ExcelinEd: ESAs, read Education Savings Accounts: Giving Parents a Choice
EdChoice: Debunking Arguments Against School Choice – “Privitization” Drains Money from Already “Underfunded” Public Schools
School Choice for NH: Where are the Children
School Choice for NH: Accountability to Parents

NH Specific

EdChoice: What NH Voters Think About School Choice and K-12 Education
Josiah Bartlett Center and Institute for Justice: New study Shows How Educational Savings Accounts are Constitutional in NH
Union Leader: Another View – Tim Keller: Education Savings Accounts are Constitutional and Good Policy
School Choice for NH: ESAs Create More Opportunities
School Choice for NH: Expanding Educational Opportunity in the Granite State
School Choice for NH: The Next Evolution in School Choice

Constitutionality & Blaine Amendment

Josiah Bartlett Center and Institute for Justice: New study Shows How Educational Savings Accounts are Constitutional in NH
Union Leader: Another View – Tim Keller: Education Savings Accounts are Constitutional and Good Policy
The Federalist Society: Blaine Amendments and the Unconstitutionality of Excluding Religious Options From School Choice Programs
Kansas City Star by Michael Q. McShane: The Supreme Court Can Put a Nail in the Anti-Catholic Coffin
Heritage Foundation: Blaine Amendment Shouldn’t Stop Education Savings Accounts
The Heartland Institute: Universal ESA Bill Could Make New Hampshire a National Leader in Education Choice
School Choice for NH: ESAs Create More Opportunities

ESAs in Other States

Las Vegas Review Journal: Numbers Show that Lower-Income Parents Signing Up for Nevada School Choice Plan
Institute for Justice: Victory for School Choice in Montana

 

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