School Choice

Parents Should be Free to Choose the Best Education for Their Children

All children deserve a chance at a great education, no matter their zip code. At its heart, school choice is simply the idea that all parents, regardless of means, should enjoy the freedom to choose what schools their children attend. As the nation’s preeminent courtroom defender of school choice, the Institute for Justice intervenes on behalf of parents nationwide.

  • IJ won two major cases at the U.S. Supreme Court: Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the biggest Supreme Court education case since Brown v. Board of Education, and Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. Zelman and Winn upheld school choice programs as constitutional, and Winn limited challenges to school choice programs involving tax credits.
  • Through 2016, we have represented parents and children in 29 school choice cases. We were successful in 16 cases, while another four cases are currently pending. Additionally, our attorneys are regularly consulted by lawmakers on how to carefully craft school choice legislation.
  • Today, school choice funds both direct and tax-credit scholarships for nearly 400,000 students in 22 states. Both the number of programs and the scholarships awarded are growing rapidly.

School choice refers to a wide variety of policies designed to empower parents and let them choose the best schools for their children. At IJ, we focus on two of the more popular school choice programs: Publicly funded scholarships and scholarships generated by tax credits. While these programs work differently, the money follows the student and does not subsidize the private school under both types of scholarships. These programs make private schools more affordable, providing parents with more options on how to educate their children.


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