Heritage: Military families deserve school choice, too

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Army soldiers with weaponsA financial analyst is dismissing criticism of legislation that would provide education savings accounts for military families.

Impact Aid provides federal funding for education in areas with a reduced property-tax base because of a federal presence.

Jonathan Butcher of The Heritage Foundation says it's misleading for opponents to say military ESAs would defund Impact Aid because Impact Aid is just a small part of education spending.

"Impact Aid is one billion, slightly over one billion," he observes. "And even underneath that only a set of students in military-connected families would be eligible. So even a fraction of that Impact Aid portion would potentially be used by families for these accounts."

He says providing ESAs is one way for America to maintain its military readiness.

"A survey was conducted of military families," he advises, "that found that more than a third of the respondents said that the education of their children was an issue that had them considering either staying in or leaving the military."

Butcher is confident the ESAs will be funded even if it means rolling the proposal into the massive funding for the National Defense Authorization Act.

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