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What are ESA's?

Education Savings Accounts (ESA), called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts in Missouri, are helping families across the country, giving families and students hope and access to education paths that work for them.

With an ESA, families are no longer limited to the offerings of their assigned neighborhood schools. Instead, they have the freedom to customize the best learning environment for their child based on their needs.

Join the fight to bring ESAs to Missouri

Families in Missouri do not currently have access to this innovative way to help families access the schools and resources that are the best fit for their children, but several legislators have been working to change this in recent years.

The proposed Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Fund would allow families to apply for a scholarship of up around $6,000 per year to help the family seek a variety of other educational opportunities including homeschooling, private schools or virtual education.

Families could also use the funding to employ a private tutor, purchase textbooks, pay fees for Advanced Placement exams, or contract for specialized therapies.

ESAs save taxpayers money

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) have a proven record of opening the doors to more educational options in states across the country, giving families the freedom to choose the education that best fits their child.

These programs have also helped other states save money, funding that can then be reinvested in the public school system.

In Missouri, the Committee on Legislative Research Oversight Division (which analyses the fiscal impact of legislation in Missouri) predicts that Empowerment Scholarship Accounts would save the state about $44 million per year when fully implemented and save school districts statewide over $97 million collectively.

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