Benefits of ESAs

A Guide to Empowering Parents with Education Savings Accounts

Empowerment in Education: Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs)

Many Texas parents find themselves unable to provide their children with the educational opportunities they dream of. What makes it even more frustrating is the lack of control they have over how their hard-earned tax dollars are utilized for educational funding.

What's concerning is that some proposed solutions only seem to exacerbate the problem. They involve taking tax money from some, funneling it through the government, and then redistributing it. Unfortunately, this process often leads to an unfair system fraught with unwanted government oversight and restrictions.

This is why the need for ESAs in Texas is so crucial

It’s about empowering parents to make the best diecisions that align with their children’s unique needs and aspirations.

One of the most compelling aspects of ESAs is their accessibility. These accounts are particularly advantageous for low-income families, who often lack the financial means to access high-quality education. ESAs level the playing field, ensuring that every parent, regardless of their economic status, can enrich their child’s education.

ESAs in Texas would not only promote fairness but also usher in a wealth of new educational providers and stimulate innovation, ultimately raising the overall quality of education. By granting parents the autonomy to manage their children’s ESAs for the exclusive benefit of their child, we empower them to make the best educational choices.

Authorized state agencies and approved financial institutions oversee the administration of these accounts, guaranteeing that funds are utilized for qualified educational expenses. This way, parents can customize their child’s education to suit their unique needs and aspirations.

Expanding Educational Opportunities

Education Savings Accounts open doors to an array of educational opportunities. By supporting legislators who back ESAs, you're endorsing a system that diversifies educational pathways, ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, has access to quality education.

Low-Income Families Benefit

ESAs are particularly beneficial for low-income families who may not have the financial resources to access high-quality education otherwise. Supporting these legislators is a way of advocating for the underserved and ensuring that education is accessible to all.

Personalized Education

ESAs allow every parent to supplement their child's education, tailoring it to their unique needs. With the support of these legislators, you're endorsing a personalized approach to education, recognizing that one size does not fit all.

Fostering Innovation

ESAs not only benefit parents and students but also foster innovation in education. By supporting these legislators, you're backing an approach that encourages educational providers to be more innovative and focus on delivering higher quality education.

Local Control

Many of the legislators who support ESAs are advocates of local control. They understand the importance of empowering parents and communities at the grassroots level. By supporting these legislators, you're promoting local decision-making and control over education.

Participating Students

ESAs are available to Texas children from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. If there are more applicants than available funds, priority is given to low-income and disabled students. Once accepted, participating students do not need to reapply annually; they can continue to utilize ESAs until high school graduation.

Participating Educators:
  • Any accredited school or non-profit college has the option to serve ESA students. Active or retired teachers from accredited K-12 schools or non-profit colleges can also provide tutoring services to ESA students. Licensed therapists are eligible to serve ESA students, and parents have the flexibility to pay out of pocket for qualified educational expenses and be reimbursed.
Legal Protections:
  • ESAs are entirely optional, and there is no requirement for families, schools, or tutors to participate. Strong legal protections ensure that parents and educators can make decisions aligned with their values, instruction, curriculum, admission, and employment policies. Importantly, no federal funds will be utilized.
  • The administration of the ESA program falls under the responsibility of the Comptroller, with the assistance of Educational Assistance Organizations (EAOs). Interested educators would apply to the Comptroller, while students would apply to an EAO. EAOs would help participating families find suitable options in their community and manage account transactions.
Revenue Source:
  • ESAs are funded by state revenue, with no reliance on federal funds or resources from Texas public school accounts (e.g., FSP). This ensures the independence of the program.
  • The primary goal of accountability in the ESA program is the success of children. Parents and teachers, who are the key figures in a child’s success, collaborate closely. Accountability measures prioritize the perspectives of these stakeholders.