Education Savings Accounts (ESA) are vouchers that takes state tax money out of neighborhood public schools for use at private schools. ESA voucher proposals are being pushed in in other states as foot-in-the-door schemes for greater taxpayer support for private schools and vendors. Whereas traditional public education entities have strict requirements for public meetings, transparency, governance, academic achievement, testing/reporting and financial accountability, such requirements don't exist and wouldn't exist for entities receiving tax dollars from ESAs.
In Pennsylvania, an ESA voucher proposal has been introduced as Senate Bill 2, a plan that takes money away from a school district's state subsidy funding to be used at private and religious schools, private companies, tutors and even higher education expenses and a vague category of other "qualified education expenses." The impact of Senate Bill 2 has been estimated to siphon more than $500 million dollars from school districts, many that are already under-resourced, to benefit private schools. The state cannot afford to fund public and private school systems.