27th 2011
Wisconsin Makes It a Lock: 2011 Is Definitely the Year of School Choice

Posted under Governor & Parents & Private Schools & School Choice & State Legislature

Update, 6/28: If you want a comprehensive look at all this year’s school choice bills introduced and enacted state by state, check out this memo from the Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children.

2011 is the Year of School Choice. I may have missed it happening, but can somebody make it official already? What more proof do we need? The doors of educational opportunity have widened more in the past six months than any comparable period I’m aware of.

The latest news comes from Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law an expansion of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) and the creation of a similar program in Racine. The American Federation for Children calls it “the largest expansion to the state’s school choice programs in history, “ while the Foundation for Educational Choice shares the details, including:

  • No more cap on the number of Milwaukee voucher participants
  • More middle-income families eligible to receive a voucher
  • Private schools outside of Milwaukee available to choose from as well as those inside the city

If you’ve been paying attention, I shouldn’t have to “Badger” you with the fact that Wisconsin isn’t (by far) the only place to advance school choice. I have kept readers updated on many of the latest happenings related to the local groundbreaking Douglas County Choice Scholarship program. For those who need some convincing that 2011 truly is the Year of School Choice, look at this list of states that have added or expanded one or more programs to empower parents with options:

I’ve probably missed a few of the ultimate successes. And mentioning them doesn’t even include the progress proposals have made in places like Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas — some of them still alive and kicking. If 2011 isn’t the Year of School Choice, then 1968 wasn’t the Year of the Pitcher. Yeah, take that one to the bank!


5 Responses to “Wisconsin Makes It a Lock: 2011 Is Definitely the Year of School Choice”

  1. Ed is Watching » Journal Confirms “Year of School Choice”; NEA Takes Both Sides on Value-Added on 05 Jul 2011 at 11:29 am #

    [...] of both. First, you just have to read today’s Wall Street Journal editorial proclaiming what I told you last week — that 2011 is indeed The Year of School Choice: No fewer than 13 states have enacted school [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Year of School Choice a Great Birthday Present in Milton Friedman’s Honor on 29 Jul 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    [...] Of course, that one local school board is Douglas County, Colo., and you can find all the information you’d ever want about the groundbreaking Choice Scholarship Program on a page created by my Education Policy Center friends. But as I’ve pointed out before, the excitement of Douglas County’s achievement is enhanced by seeing it come with the development and growth of so many other voucher, tax credit and other private choice programs. It’s reassuring to hear another prominent education reform voice dub 2011 “The Year of School Choice.” [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » Quiet D.C. Scholarship Program Expansion Gives Me a Summertime Smile on 20 Jun 2012 at 11:51 am #

    [...] yes, 2011 was clearly the Year of School Choice. But it should be noted that the focus in 2012 was not on rescuing the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship [...]

  4. Ed is Watching » School Choice Programs Growing Fast; Kansas Looks Like Next State to Join on 08 Apr 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    [...] 2011 was christened the Year of School Choice, what should we call 2013? At the time that year dawned, I worried that it wouldn’t exactly [...]

  5. Ed is Watching » New ESA Momentum Could Make 2015 “Year of School Choice: Part II” on 10 Feb 2015 at 10:17 am #

    [...] remember, back in 2011 when I was 5 years old (just like I am now) we had the fabulously successful “Year of School Choice,” with lots of new and expanded legislative programs across the nation. A Politico article last [...]

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