Why Delaware Parents Need Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

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Fast Facts on ESAs

    ESAs can help special needs children in Delaware
    H.B.161, the Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act, would enable parents of children with special needs to customize the education plan for their children, thereby providing them with the best possible opportunity for a successful education. In the Florida ESA program, almost 90 percent of families with ESAs are happy with the school their child is in.
    ESAs are spreading across the U.S.
    ESAs have been successfully implemented in Arizona and Florida. MississippiTennessee, and Nevada recently passed ESA legislation and are in the process of starting their ESA programs.
    ESAs are not vouchers
    They are “money-follows-the-child” accounts. Parents receive debit cards that can be used to purchase education-related services, therapies, supplies, and materials from an approved vendor list or for tuition and fees at a participating school.
    ESA funds can be used for college
    Parents can use their ESA account for their children's school supplies, tuition, and even tutoring services. But if there are funds left over after high school graduation, the money could even be used for college tuition, fees, and textbooks.
    ESAs empower public education
    ESAs do not weaken public education. The State Treasurer sets the amount based on education funding provided by the General Assembly. Students remain on the rolls of their local public schools so that, even though the state allocation for these students is controlled by parents, the local district portion stays with the district providing them with extra funding.

Learn more about ESAs

  • Arizona – Empowerment Scholarship Accounts
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: Arizona was the first state to enact an education savings account program, the newest school choice mechanism.
  • Florida – Gardiner Scholarship Program
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship Program allows students with special needs an opportunity to receive an education savings account (ESA) funded by the state and administered by an approved Scholarship Funding Organization.
  • Mississippi – Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Program
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Program, an education savings accounts program, allows Mississippi students with special needs to receive a portion of their public funding in a government-authorized savings account with multiple uses.
  • Tennessee – Individualized Education Account Program
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: Tennessee enacted the nation’s fourth education savings account (ESA) program in 2015. The program, which will launch in 2017, gives parents of students with special needs access to an Individualized Education Account (IEA).
  • Nevada – Education Savings Accounts
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: Nevada’s Education Savings Account (ESA) Program, enacted in 2015 and launching January 2016, is the nation’s first universal ESA program.
  • About Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: Education savings accounts allow parents to withdraw their children from public district or charter schools and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts.
  • Can School Choice Help Students with Special Needs?
    FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION: Providing school choice to students with special needs allows families unhappy with their assigned public schools to find a program that meets their children’s individual needs.
  • The Next Step in School Choice
    NATIONAL AFFAIRS: ESAs hold great potential to expand educational opportunity and remake the entire education system in ways that better and more efficiently meet the needs of children.
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