The Education Savings Account (ESA) voucher allows parents to hold public funds in an account to be used for private school tuition, home schooling, private tutors, online courses, and purchases from an array of private vendors.
While an ESA voucher may sound appealing to parents as extra state support to pay for educational services for their child, ESAs pose the same problems as traditional vouchers in terms of lack of accountability and resulting harm to students in the public school system. In many cases, the benefit provided is far less than the cost of tuition raising additional concerns about fair access to educational opportunity.
When a parent uses tax dollars for private tutoring, online courses, or instructional materials, there is no guarantee those services are high-quality or that they will result in better academic achievement. The use of the dollars are not transparent or accountable to taxpayers the same way public schools are held accountable for student achievement, fiscal responsibility, and child safety.