Indiana and Arizona Boost My Spirits with Good School Choice News

These are the days when little Eddie is too busy soaking in the last rays of warm weather before the fall chill. So you have to forgive me if a post like today’s is a quick hit. I just wanted to make sure you saw two recent pieces of good news from two states that Colorado ought to idolize when it comes to school choice.

First, it looks like the Hoosier State has the fastest-growing voucher program in the country, as student and parental demand for better educational options soars:

The number of Indiana students applying to receive vouchers allowing them to use state money to pay for private schools has more than doubled for a second consecutive year.

The Indiana Department of Education reports it received 20,047 applications for vouchers for the 2013-14 school year….

More proof of Indiana’s inspirational status, and justification for the state’s top ranking on the Parent Power Index.

A little closer to home, we learn from the American Federation for Children that another Arizona court (this time the Court of Appeals) has upheld that state’s cutting-edge Empowerment Scholarship Accounts:

“Today, Arizona’s most vulnerable children were protected as their access to Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account was affirmed constitutional,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel to the American Federation for Children. “ESAs are an innovative option that empower parents and ensure children have access to a customized education.”

If you want to learn more about the ESAs, check out this recent study to see how the early adopter families have used them to customize education, primarily for their special-needs children.

Breaking down doors, opening up new possibilities, still wishing that Colorado Kids Win with a scholarship tax credit program of their very own. All the more reason to enjoy soaking up that sun as long as I can!