Another Happy New Year for education freedom

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2023, it is worth noting what an extraordinary year it was for parental choice advocates. As recently as 2022, no states had statewide choice policies with broad eligibility. A few months later, the informal NextSteps “Robusto Private Choice” map is looking much better.


Expect to see more states “going green” in 2024.

Note on the map for instance that all the not-as-yet green states in the Southeastern Conference footprint border one or more green states. States with universal choice programs with formula funding did not only pass choice programs for the families living in their states, but also for anyone willing to become a family living in their states. Alabama and Georgia lawmakers should consider remaining competitive or else northern Florida might start looking extremely attractive to young families in southern Alabama and southern Georgia.

Meanwhile, despite unprecedented growth, the private choice movement will have to stomp on the gas if they are going to catch up to the homeschooling movement:

Stay tuned to this channel for more exciting developments in the months ahead.


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BY Matthew Ladner

Matthew Ladner is executive editor of NextSteps. He has written numerous studies on school choice, charter schools and special education reform, and his articles have appeared in Education Next; the Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice; and the British Journal of Political Science. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children.