School choice is the opportunity for parents to choose the educational environment that they believe will most benefit their child, regardless of family income or address. School choice programs, such as the Iowa STO program and proposed Education Savings Accounts, remove the economic barriers that prevent parents from choosing the ideal educational option for their child’s needs. With school choice, students receive funding that allows them to choose their “best-fit” school.
What are the benefits of school choice? Studies regarding school choice demonstrate that:
- School choice programs contribute to better test scores for all students and higher graduation rates.
- Parents are more satisfied and involved with their children’s school.
- Taxpayers save millions of dollars.
- Public schools respond positively to competition.
A January 2017 Iowa Poll commissioned by Iowa ACE and conducted by Braun Research shows overwhelming support for school choice in Iowa! Here are the summary documents:
Here are some recent research summaries from our national partner, EdChoice:
You can also find a wealth of information at the following sites: