Friedman Foundation Releases School Choice Handbook

The ABCs of School Choice was first released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice in 2003. The handbook provided in-depth profiles of each voucher, education savings account, tax-credit scholarship, and individual tax credit and deduction program in the country.

And now, to mark the beginning of National School Choice Week, the Friedman Foundation have released a brand new 2012 edition of ABCs of School Choice that includes program summaries, information on scholarship values, student eligibility and participation, and the latest relevant statistics and trends.

The 2012 version of the “must-have” book includes more information from basic primers on school choice to specific, detailed updates on all 34 school choice programs in the country. It also contains graphic, simple-to-read and -understand illustrations of all the data on choice programs, as well as public opinion.

The 2012 edition also includes new sections providing information on current program rules and regulations, an update on legal developments, a graphic digest of statistics, and a list of resources and contacts for school choice advocates in every state, says a press release.

Robert C. Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, said:

“When it comes to school choice, the tide of reform is rising.

“Last year, we saw unprecedented progress for school choice, and as 2012 kicks off with National School Choice Week, we expect this year to be just as successful.”

Proponents of school choice believe that the benefits of education options can be felt across the country.

“Parental choice means parents are aware of their children’s educational options and make the best choice for them,” says Dr. Judith Stein, of the National Institute for Educational Options.

Dr. Stein is the former executive director of Magnet Schools in America, Inc. and author of the book, “Magnet Schools: Voice of Public School Choice.”

“Although there are some exclusionary programs – such as magnet schools, which may require auditions for admission – in most cases, families choose the school, not the other way around.

“There are numerous resources, programs and scholarships for low-income and special needs students.  The opportunities are there if parents seek them out.”