Types of School Choice
Educational Tax Credits provide companies with a tax credit for donations made to non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organizations. These donations are converted into scholarships or educational improvement programs to help children in Pennsylvania obtain a quality education that will fit their needs.
School Vouchers are issued by the government so that parents can apply them towards tuition at a private school, rather than at the public school to which their child is assigned. This allows parents to have a greater choice in providing the education that will fit their child’s needs.
Charter Schools are independent, tuition-free, public schools that are granted their authority to operate either by a school district or a state department of education. Charter schools are developed and run by educators, parents, community leaders and educational entrepreneurs. They are not subject to some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools in exchange for accountability and results, which are established in each school’s charter.
Cyber Charter Schools Cyber charter schools are charter schools with an interesting twist. They exist in cyberspace. Cyber charters are similar to regular charter schools in many ways: they are independent, public schools sponsored by public school districts or the state department of education. The charter’s issuing authority monitors the performance and the integrity of the school, but they are otherwise free of traditional bureaucratic control. And like all schools of choice, they are accountable to the most important people: those who utilize the services provided.
Homeschooling is the education of children at home, by parents or by tutors rather than in public or private schools.