Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down the Education Opportunity Account or EOAs, claiming it was unconstitutional. EOAs gave lower-income parents the freedom to choose which school their children would attend, but now that choice is gone. EOAs were private educational foundations where donors would get a sizable contribution. Attorney General Cameron defended the law and was disappointed by the ruling. He said, “We’re saddened that parents across the Commonwealth won’t be able to use the needs-based funding provided by Kentucky’s Education Opportunity Account Program to expand learning opportunities for their children.” Even though the court ruled against school choice, the issue isn’t going away, as Republicans in the legislature will likely find a workaround to expand it for families who want better educational options for their children.