The state has long given schools money to educate kids but imagine if that tradition were reversed and the state instead gave kids money to spend at the schools of their choosing.
It's something that at least one lawmaker would like to see become a reality in grades 9-12. The House Education committee is scheduled to discuss Rep. John Dougall's HB123 at 8 a.m. on Wednesday in room 445 of the Capitol.
Dougall's bill would require the state to put much of the money it now sends to high schools into "education savings accounts" for students in grades 9-12, Dougall, R-American Fork, told state school board members during a recent meeting. Students could choose to spend that money to attend public schools, including charter schools; attend public school online classes; and/or pay for courses offered by public and certain private, nonprofit Utah colleges. If students had money left in their accounts after high school, they could use it for college.