How does a Private School student receive School Choice Account?
If a privately schooled student would like to receive a School Choice Account, the parents only need to opt out of public school and notify the State Department of Education that the parents’ child would like to receive a School Choice Account. An account will then be created for the child, and Oregon education dollars transferred into the account. The account will be administered by a nonprofit organization chosen by the parents, who will not touch the education dollars in the account, but will instead direct how the education dollars will be spent. Some of the items that the education dollars may be spent on include tutors, educational therapy, computers, vocational training and other approved education costs.
How does a Private School receive protections by using a School Choice Account?
The School Choice Amendment will add language to the Oregon Constitution to protect private schools and other education providers who choose to participate and receive money from a School Choice Account.
This protective language added to the Oregon Constitution will protect private schools from control by the state: private schools will not be forced to change their creed, curricula, education practices, teaching credentials or qualifications, or admission policies. Protection like these are not currently available to private schools and will only be available to private schools that choose to participate and receive money from a School Choice Account.