Educational freedom for all

Published February 22, 2023

WORLD Opinions

In 2011, education reformers launched National School Choice Week to highlight the importance of educational opportunity. Held in January each year, the week now boasts thousands of events across the country. Local groups have organized rallies, hosted fun fairs, and illuminated dozens of monuments to promote education options. But this year, governors in Iowa and Utah topped all that when they marked National School Choice Week by signing laws that will make education savings accounts available to every student in their states.

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation on Jan. 24 that will soon allow all families to direct their child’s state per-pupil funding, around $7,600, through an education savings account (ESA). Days later, Gov. Spencer Cox signed the Utah Fits All Scholarship, offering similar accounts worth roughly $8,000. Iowa and Utah join Arizona and West Virginia, the first states to make ESAs universally available as of last year.

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Jennifer Patterson is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Her work focuses on projects related to religious freedom and overcoming poverty, drawing on her more than 25 years of experience in public policy.

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