The movement to provide our parents and children with choice and opportunities in education has come a long way in recent years. Beyond privately-funded scholarships like those offered by the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF), many states are adopting publicly-funded options such as vouchers and tuition tax credit programs. Today more than 245,000 children nationwide are using publicly-funded parental choice to attend schools their families believe will give them the best educational opportunities.
And while we have come a long way, there is still a lot we need to do. Today thousands of publicly-funded “parental choice seats” are being debated in states around the country. CSF has created this site as a resource you can turn to find out the latest news and information on these efforts.
Map Last Updated: Feb 20th, 2013
In 1998, Ted Forstmann and the late John Walton launched CSF, a program that would empower the parents of 40,000 low-income children across the country to send their children to private schools for four years. Now, more than ten years later, CSF has provided scholarships worth $524 million, in turn changing the lives of 130,000 low-income children and their families. We believe we succeed every time parents use one of our scholarships to send their child to the school of their choice.
Pockets of real public education reform in recent years have resulted in educational gains for children from the same demographics as those we serve at CSF – everything from longer school days and new ways of recruiting and training teachers, to better technology and high-stakes testing and charter schools. We at CSF applaud all of these efforts, but there are still so many children left in failing public schools. That’s why CSF provides a lifeline NOW to every child we help.