Schooling Satisfaction: Arizona Parents’ Opinions on Using Education Savings Accounts

Thousands of families across the country are using school vouchers to access private schools for their children. However, Arizona’s education savings accounts (ESAs) are on the leading edge of school choice, encouraging greater innovation in American education. Whereas parents and families normally use vouchers and tax credit scholarships to decide where their children attend school, Arizona parents use ESAs to determine where and how their youngsters are educated. This paper examines results from the first survey of parental satisfaction among ESA families, and the survey is the first to ask how families would like ESAs to change. This paper is the first research effort to describe the types of families who are using education savings accounts.

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