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Empowering Parents to Customize School

The wealthy can customize education by choosing where they live and where their children attend school. They can purchase supplemental services, like tutoring, SAT prep--even educational therapies. What happens when all parents have this kind of power? A growing number of states are giving low- and middle-income parents government funds to spend on the educational services of their choice. Do they work? How do they work? Can they help to bridge access and attainment gaps?

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  1. To describe policies that allow low- and middle-income families to use government funds to customize education for the child
  2. To understand whether and how these programs work: What do we know about them? What are the impacts on families, schools, and school systems?
  3. To discuss parent motivations to use and perceptions about these school choice programs.

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Cara Candal, Director, Educational Opportunity, ExcelinEd

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