February 28, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM

How to Cover the School Voucher Expansion

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Since the pandemic began, more than 20 states have added new private school choice programs or expanded existing ones. Some call it a “school choice wave,” and the proposals are becoming bigger and more sweeping.

School vouchers are at the heart of the school choice movement. They’re sometimes called “education savings accounts” or “empowerment scholarships,” but the concept is the same: Parents can use taxpayer money for private school tuition, homeschooling, or other educational services and materials.

Proponents of vouchers say they offer parents more options for their children. Opponents say public schools are the cornerstone of democracy and civic engagement, providing equal access to all children, and vouchers undermine that effort.

To help journalists understand this rapidly shifting landscape, the Education Writers Association will explore school vouchers and efforts to expand school choice in a webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Experts will describe how legislation around voucher-like programs is playing out in different states, explain what the research says, and answer key questions.