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From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Tax Credits - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Vouchers - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Vouchers, Scholarship Tax Credits, and Individual Tax Credits and Deductions PDF - This analysis provides details of the existing voucher, scholarship tax credit, and individual tax credit and deduction policies in the states, presents opposing viewpoints about them, briefly summarizes the existing research concerning these policies, and offers key policy questions for state leaders to consider (Emily Workman, ECS, October 2012)...

Louisiana Scholarship Program Annual Report 2013-2014 - Nearly 7,000 Louisiana students used the Louisiana Scholarship Program to attend a school of their family's choice in the 2013-14 school year. Eighty-nine percent of participants are minority; 43.2 percent received scholarships for the first time. Between 2010 and 2014, the percentage of students in the program scoring basic or above progressed from 31 percent to 44 percent. (Louisiana Department of Education, November 2014)...

Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: An Early Look at Applicants and Participating Schools Under the Soar Act - The only voucher program created and funded by the U.S. Congress, the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) was changed at its reauthorization two years ago. This report suggests those changes have not drawn more private schools into the OSP, participating schools are now more likely to report tuition rates above the OSP amounts and to have less diverse populations. (Jill Feldman, et al., Institute of Education Sciences, October 2014)...

District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program - The District of Columbia Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (the Trust) is charged with providing information to prospective and current families of children about the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship (voucher) Program (OSP). The GAO found information about participating schools disseminated by the Trust to be untimely and incomplete. Further, its internal controls did not provide effective oversight of OSP, there were weaknesses in the Trust's database, and was years behind in submitting mandatory financial reports. (GAO Highlights, September 2013)...

WWC Review of the Report "The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City" - WWC reviews a study on whether private school vouchers to public school students from low-income families affected their later rates of college enrollment. While the study found no impact on college enrollment rates in general, there was a positive and statistically significant influence for African American students. WWC said the study was a "well-implemented randomized controlled trial." (WWC, May 2013)...

2013-15 Budget Issue Paper: Recent Research and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program - Three peer-reviewed articles examine results of the Wisconsin taxpayer voucher program called the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP): Poor, minority, low-achieving students are much more likely to leave MPCP and much more likely to do so when they attend private schools with a larger proportion of voucher recipients. When students who represent the most disadvantaged population return to public school, they show substantial achievement gains. Levels of parental satisfaction between the two systems are equal. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2013)...

Task Force on Opportunity Scholarships Report to Governor Haslam - Charged by Gov. Bill Haslam with studying possibilities for a voucher system that would fit Tennessee's particular needs, the Task Force on Opportunity Scholarships took a year to come up with options that won consensus, if not unanimity. The Task Force generally agreed participating schools would need to meet eligibility requirements and administer student assessments. Focus would be on low-income students and private schools should not charge beyond the scholarship payment. (Task Force on Opportunity Scholarships, November 2012)...

Keeping Informed about School Vouchers: A Review of Major Developments and Research - This report provides updated information for policymakers and others about the status of publicly funded voucher programs and the findings of major voucher studies published since 2000. (Center on Education Policy, July 2011)...

School Choice Issues in Indiana: Sifting Through the Rhetoric - This policy brief explains the new school choice legislation in Indiana while also summarizing the legal, fiscal, and research challenges associated with the school choice programs. (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Summer 2011)...

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