Only 22 percent of Missouri ACT test-takers scored “college-ready” in 2016, so it's clear that we have a problem. That’s why Missouri should look at new ways to reform its education system. One solution could be education savings accounts (ESAs). ESA’s are flexible-use savings accounts used solely for education purposes such as school supplies, tutoring, or even private school tuition. Shouldn’t parents have the flexibility to decide what’s best for their kids?
Education Savings Accounts
Nearly half of Missouri’s K-12 students live in rural areas. Accordingly, education reform efforts in Missouri should be aimed at helping urban, suburban, and rural families alike. A survey conducted by EdChoice last November could be helpful in this regard; it highlights the opinions of people living in small towns and rural communities about what kinds of school choice policies they favor.