Minnesota has a rich history of supporting school choice dating back to the 1950s when the state allowed parents to claim a state income tax deduction for school expenses. In the 1980s, Minnesota ushered in the first-in-the-nation concept of public school choice through open enrollment. In 1991, Minnesota became the first state to offer a charter school option to parents and students. And in 1997, Minnesota expanded the state educational income tax credit and deduction to more Minnesota families. Since the 1990s, Minnesota adopted the nation’s first online learning law and oversaw the expansion of more than 150 charter schools throughout the state.
But Minnesota can do more to provide parents with access to better schools. Too many Minnesota families are stuck with a school that is not a good fit for their children, but are unable to change because of financial restraints. OAK is working at the State Capitol to give parents more choices for their children.
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