Press Release

Coalition in Support of More Education Options Supports Education Savings Accounts


DATE: February 8, 2021



Amanda Kieffer, Communications Director at Cardinal Institute for WV Policy

PHONE: (304) 541-9551  EMAIL: [email protected]



Coalition in Support of More Education Options Supports Education Savings Accounts


Charleston, W.Va. – Today, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, along with a coalition comprising several West Virginia and national organizations, released a letter in support of education savings accounts, or ESAs.


The letter is signed by the West Virginia Christian Education Association, Association of Christian Schools International, Catholic Education Partners, ExcelinEd in Action, EdChoice, Americans for Prosperity-WV, Education Choice West Virginia, and the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. You can download a copy of the letter from our website.


ESAs are the most popular form of school choice; they empower families to spend the funds set aside for their child on any number of approved K-12 expenses. That can be private school tuition, but it also can include tutoring, therapy, technology, support services, online learning, microschooling or even savings for higher education.


“This coalition, representing education associations, parents, and other state-based and national groups, firmly believes that ESAs offer West Virginia the best opportunity for families to tailor an education that best fits the learning needs and styles of their children,” said Garrett Ballengee, Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. “Empowered with ESAs, thousands of families in West Virginia could—for the first time in West Virginia’s history—have the ability to create an education that will help each child realize his or her potential, regardless of the family’s income or ZIP code.”


“As the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated for millions of families across the United States, different children thrive in different learning environments. ESAs would give families the ability to access education and tutoring therapies or pay for private school tuition, among many other things,” continued Ballengee. “West Virginia has the opportunity to be a beacon for families seeking something personalized and unique for their child’s education.”


To schedule an interviewcontact Amanda Kieffer at (304) 541-9551 or [email protected].


About the Cardinal Institute

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in September 2014 dedicated to research, develop and communicate effective free market economic public policies for West Virginia.