SB 44: Combining Carson Smith and Opportunity Scholarship
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Combining the Carson Smith Scholarship and the Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship is a great idea.
By combining these two programs the legislature is giving families more freedom in their children’s education. The Carson Smith program is what is known as a voucher program. This can only be used to pay for private school tuition.
But the special needs opportunity scholarship allows families to seek a variety of education choices including homeschools and microschools. Parents can also unbundle their education, meaning that they can pick and choose classes from a variety of schools or private providers for their children’s education. That means they can take a math class from a tutor, take private piano lessons for music, find a speech pathologist for their speech needs, and join a microschool for their language arts and history classes.
Combining these programs allows families a greater amount of freedom in how they educate their children.