Three weeks ago, Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke testified before the Tennessee legislature about the benefits of education savings accounts.

And in a major victory for school choice, the state legislature passed a bill this week to create ESAs for students with special needs. The bill is now on its way to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam.

ESAs allow parents to direct their child’s portion of education spending towards education options that meet their child’s needs. “They separate the financing of education from the delivery of services and empower families to choose which provider works best for their children,” Burke writes in The Daily Signal.

Twenty-two state legislatures are considering ESAs for the 2015 school year.

Do you think education dollars should follow the student, as ESAs allow? 

Comments (33)

Paul Schaeffer - April 24, 2015

Yes, I agree and also support vouchers.

joy ward - April 24, 2015

Do you think education dollars should follow the student, as ESAs allow?
I am not that familiar with ESAs, but as a homeschooling mom, I believe in school choice for all families…and if the monies paid to schools could follow the children, not only would the families benefit, but it would make the schools try harder to do what they are supposed to do so families would be satisfied where they are….so, yes the money should follow the school of choice.

Charles Timmerman - April 24, 2015

We need to get the Federal Gov’t out of our schools at all levels. Have the States developed the curriculum at all levels; and monitored to insure compliance. Obviously education begins at home. We must find a path to restore the traditional all family structure. There is no more responsible job than a stay at home Mother; they are the ones who should be subsidized!

Glynnda White - April 27, 2015

I think the

Glynnda White - April 27, 2015

The federal government should provide block grant funding to each state according to school age children of citizens during the last census count. The governor of each state should then use that money to open an account for each child from age infant to 22 yrs so they can fund daycare through college at the school of the parents choice. This would clean up a lot of the messes we are seeing in schools very quickly.

Beverly Swift - April 27, 2015

Yes, I agree educations should follow student, otherwise, wouldn’t we just be experiencing taxation without representation for all?

Ron W. Smith - April 27, 2015

There’s something much bigger at stake than what you’re after with ESAs–diversity in a country of 320 million. While I’m all for parents having choice, I’m against it if it threatens America’s survival as a nation in whgich people get along with one another voluntarily

Ron W. Smith - April 27, 2015

While I’m all for parents having choice in the education of their young, I’m not for it at the expense of a successfully diverse America. We’re 320 million strong in this country, and we’re acting as though we’re back in some time earlier when diversity didn’t have to be nurtured and worked hard at. BIG mistake!

jim britton - April 27, 2015

agree…teachers need to be held accountable

James E. Morgan - April 27, 2015

Stop Common Core! This is nothing less than a sociist

Jane Avery Rossi - April 27, 2015

Yes I agree. I live in rural VT and many towns do not have a high school so as parents you need to make a decision which neighboring school your child will attend. The town pays the portion of your tuition that they pay for each child and you decide which school to go to and if it costs more then you are responsible for the remainder

Gail Daley - April 27, 2015

Yes, I most definetly

Patricia Ewers - April 27, 2015

Yes. Canada has that system and it works well. However, the teachers’ union won’t allow it to pass as a parental right.

Becky Stephenson - April 27, 2015

I do not think any government money should be used for a child to attend a private school. It will open the door to government, State or Federal, intrusion and eventually didtate their

Becky Stephenson - April 27, 2015

I do not support any federal or state moneys being used for students to attend private schools. It will eventually lead to the government dictating the private school’s curriculum and who knows what else!!!

WALTER MILLER - April 28, 2015

ESA,s are another way to get rid of the Dept. of Education at the federal level which should be a goal. Uor children

James Williams - April 28, 2015

ESAs would provide the proper levels of education bet suited for each individual. Get the government out of all personable areas.

Gary Hyer - April 28, 2015

Parents should have financial choice in what schools to send their children.

John Ross - April 28, 2015

In this day and age, yes I support school choice vouchers, especially with the control that our liberal federal government is trying assert. This

John Ross - April 28, 2015

I totally agree on school choice vouchers. Parents have the right to make the choice of where their children attend school, not some government bureau.

Darrell L.Parks - April 28, 2015

I’m not fully informed oneduation savings accounts

Jerry Metcalf - April 28, 2015

Ed. funds shoud follow the student.

Darrell L.Parks - April 28, 2015

I’m not fully informed on education savings accounts but school choice in Ohio has been a sham. Charter schools have little accountability and graduation rates hover around 40%. This country has thrived on public education and is largely responsible for where this nation stands today.

DjjWinter - April 28, 2015

My parents did not attend Public School K-8 and neither did my wife and I nor our kids.

Louise Brummett - April 28, 2015

I believe the federal government dhould stay

DjjWinter - April 28, 2015

No one in my family attended Public School K thru 8 including Our parents, my wife and I and our kids.

Terry - April 28, 2015

es, the money should follow the schook cjoice

Henry C. Holder - April 28, 2015


Ms. De Ette Moon - April 28, 2015

If education follows the free-market idea of deciding which schools last and which ones don’t, we will have left the best teachers doing the best job.

ALVIN BOYD - April 29, 2015

I feel this is the best thing

ALVIN BOYD - April 29, 2015

I believe this is the only solution for our school problems. I have seen the issue from both sides. I was on the local school board for 17 years and I taught math for 10 years. I have a PhD from University of Illinois.

Eb Hall - April 30, 2015

ESA are a good first step. The goal should be Get the federal government out of education. Each fed-gov program since 1980 has resulted in lower education results. In 2009 America ranked 25th in math,17th in science and 14th in reading compared to other “advanced” countries. COMMON CORE will not help. Part of the problem is the 130% increase in nonteaching staff in fed-gov school since 1970. But the number of students increased by less than 9%,& the number of teachers grew by 53%. Local control of education would focus on education priorities of language, math, science, technology, & arts; could determine a formula for tax dollars/ school child; and decide the most efficient use of personnel in a community. America excelled in educating her children and it is possible again without revolving education fads and unaccountable, faceless bureaucrats hidden away in D.C.

charles nelson - May 2, 2015


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