Monday, April 15, 2024

2:10 pm
2:50 pm
Harbor B, Level 2
K-12 Transformation
Equality + Access

The Choice Revolution: Exploring Microschools and ESAs

2023 saw several states introduce new K-12 ESA (i.e., Education Savings Account) programs to expand choice options for parents and students. Depending on the level of participation among eligible families, states and districts could see tens - if not hundreds - of millions of dollars redirected from public schools to private schools, hybrid homeschool models, and other curated learning models. The implications on the caliber and quality of public school options and experiences are potentially significant, creating further headwinds for districts and those students remaining in them. This session will explore how we capitalize on the promise and potential of expanding ESA programs while simultaneously protecting and strengthening our public education systems.