WHat is school choice?

The definition of “School Choice” – Families deserve to have the freedom to choose the educational environment that serves their children best, regardless of financial ability or home address. 

Parents should have a wide range of high-quality schools or educational options to choose from – be it traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, or virtual learning. Private school choice, through scholarship tax credit programs, vouchers, education savings accounts and individual tuition tax credits, gives students, including those from low-income families or those with special needs, the opportunity to receive tuition to attend a private school that meets their needs immediately. Public school choice, like charters or magnets, allow families to choose educational settings within the public system.


Research shows that school choice programs improve outcomes for all students, reduces crime, helps students graduate high school and enroll in college – find out more about school choice research here!


where is school choice – know your state’s current laws

Not all states have the same laws and public policies in place to empower parents and their children’s school choice rights. 47 states have some form of public or private school choice. Click here to download a full copy of the latest national snapshot.


How School Choice Works – Types of Programs

Success in school choice programs across the country has been clear and proven: parents and their children have directly benefited from increased access to the educational environment they choose. Click here to download a full brochure outlining all the different kinds of school choice programs that have proven successful.


Why Everyone Deserves the Right to School Choice – Empowering Children and Parents

The case for school choice is overwhelming. The vast majority of credible evidence shows that school choice programs improve academic outcomes for not only the program participants but also the students in public schools; save taxpayers money; and reduce racial segregation. To download a summary of school choice research, click here. To view the income and demographic characteristics of private school choice program participants, click here.


Join The School Choice Movement

America’s children need our help more than ever, and success through school choice is right around the corner. Join our movement today to make a difference.


Who We Are – About Us

The AFC Growth Fund seeks to empower families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children. We are affiliated with the American Federation for Children.


Meet the expert

Corey A. DeAngelis, PH.D.


Corey DeAngelis is the national director of research for the American Federation of Children. Corey was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his work on education policy and received the Buckley Award from America’s Future in 2020.

Corey’s research has been published in peer‐reviewed academic journals such as Social Science Quarterly, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Educational Review, Educational Research and Evaluation, and Peabody Journal of Education. His work has also been published in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, and National Review.

School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom

Co-editors Corey A. DeAngelis and Neal McCluskey brought their finest work when creating School Choice Myths. Whether you are a scholar interested in education policy or a parent wanting to learn more about the best education options for your children, this book is for you. 

In School Choice Myths experts use the latest research on school choice to effectively debunk myths such as “school choice siphons money from public schools,” “choice harms children left behind in public schools,” “school choice has racist origins,” and “choice only helps the rich get richer.”