School Choice Yearbook
The most successful legislative year ever for school choice
SCHOOL CHOICE LEGISLATION
38 States Introduced School Choice Bills INTRODUCED IN 2005
New School Choice Programs Ohio’s new statewide educational choice scholarship program, the largest in the country targeted to K-12 education students in failing public schools, provides scholarships to 14,000 children in public schools on academic watch or
academic emergency for three consecutive years. The students could use the scholarships, which would range from $4,250 for
11 States Made Progress
K-8 to $5,000 for grades 9-12, to attend the public or private school of their choice. NH
Utah’s Carson Smith Scholarship for Students With Special
Needs Act authorizes the distribution of scholarships for
Utah’s special needs children to attend private schools. The scholarship is equal to the amount the state earmarks for
disabled public school students and is based on the amount of
time a child receives special education services per day.
PASSED ONE LEGISLATIVE HOUSE
PASSED TWO LEGISLATIVE HOUSES
2005 LEGISLATION PASSED
Programs Passed or Expanded This Year PROGRAMS PASSED / EXPANDED
Arizona passed a bill eliminating marriage penalties in tax credits that raised the minimum amount that can be donated to a scholarship organization under the individual tax credit program. Phasing in an
increase from $625 to $1,000 per couple.
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In Florida, thousands of new students exercised school choice with the corporate scholarship tax credit program cap increase from $50 to $88
million. The dramatic enhancement nearly doubles
the current program that enables students to use
AZ – Expanded Scholarship Tax Credit FL – Expanded Corporate Scholarship Tax Credit FL – New Pre-Kindergarten Voucher Program
MN – Expanded Education Tax Credit OH – New Educational Choice Scholarship Program OH – Expanded Cleveland Program OH – Extended Ohio Autism Program for two years
scholarships to attend private schools. 1
PA – Expanded Education Improvement Tax Credit PA – New Accountability Standards UT – New Special Needs Scholarship Program
Minnesota enacted a modest expansion in the value of the existing education tax credit and the number of eligible families. In Ohio, the improvement of the current Cleveland Scholarship Program beginning this fall extends eligibility to the 11th and 12th-grade students. continued on back
Growth in Targeted School Choice Programs
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Scholarship amounts will be increased in
2006 from up to $3,000 for K-8, and $2,700 for high school to as much as $3,450 for all
students. New legislation also extended the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program for two more years and increased scholarship amounts from $15,000 to $20,000.
Pennsylvania expanded its existing Education Tax Credit Program with a $4 million increase, two-thirds of which
goes toward scholarships that increase educational opportunities for more than 2,000 Pennsylvania schoolchildren. The
Also Noteworthy in 2005
Legislature also approved reasonable
educational improvement and pre-K
Louisiana made history when the House passed the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first ever voucher bill, and the Virginia House, Nevada and New Hampshire Senates passed school choice bills this year.
scholarship organizations involved with
The fact that the bills progressed as far as they did is a testament
the credit program.
to the powerful momentum of the school choice movement.
additional reporting requirements to ensure accountability for scholarship,
New Developments in 2005 Katrina Relief
Pre-K Vouchers Break Out
In response to a natural
2005 was a breakout year for the new trend of preschool vouchers
Growth in Pre-K Programs
disaster, the federal government overwhelmingly and with bipartisan support, approved and issued vouchers to 150,000 displaced students. The Alliance for School Choice
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estimates that 14,000-18,000 vouchers were used in private schools across the nation.
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