Last week Tennessee joined Florida, Mississippi and Arizona as states that have approved Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) ESAs put parents in control over their child's education by giving parents control over how money is spent on education needs. The Tennessee bill, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, allows students to pursue alternative educational avenues and allows parents to use funds for designated educational purposes. Congratulations to all those in Tennessee who helped to make this a reality.
Education Savings Accounts are an important tool for expanding educational opportunity and the wave of the future. I’m not the only one who thinks so (See here). Earlier this month Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham) introduced HB 916 in the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill – which enjoys strong bipartisan support — would create personal learning scholarships for special needs students.
We expect to hear more about ESAs and HB 916 in the coming weeks!