Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ planned Education Freedom Scholarships are a positive step forward in the vitally important family-school relationship.

Those on the Left have stopped at nothing in their attempts to drive out any alternatives to secular schools, restrict the offerings available to students, and exert ineffective federal control in classrooms across the country.

When students and their families—rather than unelected bureaucrats in Washington—make their own choices to determine what’s best for them, the outcome is undeniably better than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Education Freedom Scholarships would not only empower families to take control of decisions that are best made at the local level, they also allow Americans to keep more of the money they’ve earned through $5 billion in annual federal tax credits. 

Employing the important concept of federalism, DeVos’ plan allows individual states that participate in the program to implement their own state-specific program. This rolls back some of the power-grabs of the Obama administration and gives states the power to create the best opportunities for their students and families. Critically, this proposal is voluntary for all involved.

The opportunities created through Education Freedom Scholarships expand existing educational opportunities for students across the country, can help strengthen America’s economy and workforce by closing the skills gap, and will better prepare students to succeed following high school.

By reducing reliance on government, keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, and providing more educational choices for students, Education Freedom Scholarships are a smart way for Secretary DeVos to continue her work of bringing commonsense conservatism to the Department of Education.


For additional information or to request an interview contact Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown via sbrown@yaf.org or 800-872-1776.