School Choice Yearbook highlights 39 programs within 19 states and D.C.

School choice programs around the nation have experienced exceptional growth – in both the number of students served and the number of programs available – over the last two decades. The Alliance for School Choice’s new yearbook documents this expansion and highlights the programs within each state.

While the school choice expansions may have suffered some early setbacks in 2014, the movement has added programs in eight states since 2010. According to the yearbook, there were seven new school choice programs passed into law in 2013 alone.

AFC Yearbook

Overall, private school choice programs grew to serve over 300,000 students in 39 different programs within 18 states plus D.C and Douglas, Co. Colorado. These programs provided students with $1.2 billion in support – an average of just $3,780 in scholarships for each student.

Voucher programs are the most numerous, but in recent years tax-credit scholarships have been more popular among legislators. Interestingly, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (which is administered by Step Up for Students one of the co-hosts of this blog) is the largest private school choice program in the nation in both the number of students served and the dollars expended.

Read the full report here or read about programs in your state below:

Douglas County
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Washington D.C.


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BY Patrick R. Gibbons

Patrick Gibbons is public affairs manager at Step Up for Students and a research fellow for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. A former teacher, he lived in Las Vegas, Nev., for five years, where he worked as an education writer and researcher. He can be reached at (813) 498.1991 or emailed at Follow Patrick on Twitter: at @PatrickRGibbons and @redefinEDonline.