School Choice Now! is the official blog of the American Federation for Children, the nation's voice for educational choice. We seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Private School Choice Has Presidential Roots
Calvin Coolidge served as U.S.
president from 1923-1929.
School choice is a hot topic of conversation these days
with legislators and education leaders across the country debating new policies
to expand educational options for families.Despite its recent and growing attention, school choice and private
school scholarships are no new phenomena.In fact, according to the
Heritage Foundation, the nation’s first private school choice program began
back in 1869!What is even more interesting
is our nation’s 30th
president, Calvin Coolidge, received a voucher to attend St. Johnsbury
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice says that many small towns in
Vermont do not have the resources to operate their own high schools, so the
town pays for students to attend public schools or non-religious private
schools in other towns.
Today, private school choice programs are helping nearly
a quarter of a million students receive a quality education they deserve.Check out our 2013 School Choice
Yearbook to see how private school programs are helping students in 16
states and Washington, D.C. attend the school of their choice!
-American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, KMS