"School choice" describes a nationwide movement supporting the rights of parents to choose the type of education that best fits their children's needs. Since ACSTO founded the first tax credit scholarship organization in 1998, the school choice movement has gained significant momentum throughout the United States.
Here we have compiled some of the best school choice resources available—including supporting organizations, information about the Supreme Court's decision in ACSTO v. Winn, as well as articles, books, and reports.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)
ADF is the acclaimed legal organization that represented ACSTO in the ACSTO v. Winn litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court.
American Federation for Children
The American Federation for Children promotes educational choice and innovation, with a specific focus on school vouchers, scholarship tax credit programs, and education savings accounts.
Arizona School Tuition Organization Association (ASTOA)
ASTOA works solely on behalf of and provides a unified voice for Arizona's School Tuition Organizations (STOs). It offers mentoring, resources, training and support to STOs as they work to provide tuition tax credit scholarships in compliance with Arizona law.
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization that provides thoughtful analysis on education
reform favoring parental choice for their children's education.
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)
CAP is a non-profit advocacy organization committed to promoting and defending family values. It actively defends policies geared toward religious and educational liberty in Arizona.
Council for American Private Education (CAPE)
CAPE is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. Its mission is to preserve and promote educational pluralism so that parents have a choice in the schooling of their children.
EdChoice is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing educational choice to empower all families with the freedom to choose the education that best fits their children's needs.
The Goldwater Institute is a free-market public policy research and litigation organization that defends the freedoms guaranteed by the constitutions of the United States and the fifty states, including educational freedoms.
The Heartland Institute is a nonprofit research and education organization whose mission includes promoting free-market solutions for American education.
The Heritage Foundation is another research and educational institution. It advances conservative principles including free-market policies, individual freedom, and school choice.
Institute for Justice (IJ)
The IJ is a civil liberties law firm that fights on behalf of individuals who are denied their constitutional rights, including the rights of parents to provide their children with a good education. It supported ACSTO and Arizona's tax credit program in its early years of litigation.
National School Choice Week
Held each January, National School Choice Week is the world's largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. This organization raises public awareness of the wide variety of K-12 education options available to children and families, while also spotlighting the benefits of school choice.
ACSTO v. Winn Decision
ACSTO v. Winn Supreme Court Decision
The summary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in ACSTO's favor. The court ruled based on the issue of the respondents' (opponents') standing, but also discussed the credibility of the tax credit's merits and legality.
"A Winn for Educational Pluralism"
An essay by Nicole Stelle Garnett, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, written shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in our favor in ACSTO v. Winn. The author explains the positive impact of this ruling on school choice nationwide.
"Estimating the Savings to Arizona Taxpayers of the Private School Tuition Tax Credit"
This study by Charles M. North, Associate Professor of Economics at Baylor University, discusses the evidence of how the tax credit program saves money for the state and, therefore, saves money for taxpayers.
"In U.S., Private Schools Get Top Marks for Educating Children"
A Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans believe private education provides a great education for students.
"New York Times’ Hit Job on Tax Credits"
Jason Bedrick, formerly of the Cato Institute, challenges a New York Times' attack against tax credits in this article on the Education Next website.
"The New York Times Needs a School Choice Reality Check"
Vicki Alger from Townhall responds to the New York Times’ attack on tax credits.
Books & Reports
A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice by Greg Forster at EdChoice
ABCs of School Choice by EdChoice
Choosing a School For Your Child by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
The Fiscal Effects of School Choice Programs on Public School Districts by Benjamin Scafidi at EdChoice
Foundations of Christian Education: Addresses to Christian Teachers by Louis Berkhof & Cornelius Van Til
Private Education: Good for Students, Good for Families, Good for America by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE)
School Choice: The Findings by Herbert J. Walberg
School Choice Guidebook by the American Federation for Children Growth Fund
Ten Principles of School Choice by Joseph Bast & Herbert Walberg
Why America Needs School Choice by Jay P. Greene
Worth It: The 15,000-Hour Decision by Brian S. Simmons