Heartland Institute Outlines Proposal for Child Safety Accounts

Heartland Institute Outlines Proposal for Child Safety Accounts

January 26, 2020

A new report by the Heartland Institute underscores the myriad school safety risks facing students today, proposing for “states to create a Child Safety Account (CSA) program, which would allow parents to immediately have their child moved to a safe school…as soon as parents think the public school their child is currently attending is too dangerous to their child’s physical or emotional health.” Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, students are permitted to transfer to another government-run school under the law’s Unsafe School Choice Option provision, “but only if their current public school meets the state definition of a ‘persistently dangerous school’.”