The school choice movement is at a crossroads. Decades of success have positioned the movement to aim higher—for the still-unrealized dream of universal school choice. And a few high-profile challenges have also made it clear that the movement will not be secure until it makes a firm commitment to universal choice. As the pandemic forces states to rethink education policy in the coming years, now is the time to put universal choice at the forefront.
School choice programs allow families to use public funds devoted to their student to attend the school of their choice, public or private. That puts parents in charge of education, as they should be. The best-designed programs, which are known as Education Savings Accounts, give the funds to families in the form of a dedicated account that can be spent on any educational expenses—not just tuition, but also supplemental services.