“The authors have an idea that everyone should be able to get behind: more educational options for children who do not feel safe in their residentially assigned schools.”

Corey A. DeAngelis
Director of School Choice
Reason Foundation
Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute

“In Michigan, as in other states, some parents are practicing educational choice because of the unresolved turmoil their children endure from bullying and violence at school. More students in need of safe learning environments could benefit from creative policy solutions that place their needs ahead of a system that doesn’t work well for everyone.”

Ben DeGrow
Director of Education Policy
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

“Child Safety Accounts are a brilliant way to save children who are being bullied in schools plagued by violence. Education funding is supposed to be used for educating children, but when the light of learning in a child’s eyes is dimmed by fear and loss of self-confidence from constant harassment or real danger, learning becomes impossible. Child Safety Accounts would place children’s education funding in the hands of parents, and with this funding, parents could find educational resources that would restore their children’s love of learning in a safe environment. Parents would see that beautiful light of learning and discovery in their children’s eyes once more when their children are safe and secure. Kudos to Vicki and her co-authors, Tim and Lennie, for revealing the hard facts and then providing a way to resolve a situation that should touch the hearts of every parent, taxpayer, and policymaker—and compel us to act!”

Leslie Hiner
Vice President of Legal Affairs

“It is simply unfair to children and families for lawmakers to hold them hostage to one-size-fits-all education. Parents have a fundamental right to decide how to bring up their children, and it is the job of lawmakers to uphold and support that right. Education savings accounts may be the best possible way to do this for young Americans’ all-important educational enculturation.”

Joy Pullmann
Executive Editor, The Federalist
Author of The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids

“Parents expect schools to provide a lot of different things—rigorous academics, bountiful extra-curriculars, moral guidance and character development, good citizenship, and a heavy emphasis on STEM, the arts, and civics. But preceding all other concerns that parents’ expectation that schools will keep their children safe. Unfortunately, as Alger, Benson, and Jarratt demonstrate with copious statistics and harrowing details, it is too often the case that students face serious threats to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being at school. Their proposal, Child Safety Accounts, would not only empower families with an immediate escape hatch for endangered children, but also create a powerful incentive for schools to take the actions necessary to ensure the safety of all children.”

Jason Bedrick
Director of Policy