Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

Sep 21, 2023

Consultant: data hard to find on ESA program

The first of several planned legislative hearings to study Arizona’s growing Empowerment Scholarship Account program ended Wednesday with many unanswered questions.  

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Jul 21, 2023

Basic math – ESAs save the state money 

Opponents of parental choice in education are doing their best Chicken Little in an attempt to scare Arizonans out of allowing parents control over their children’s education. But all the cries of “bankruptcy” and attempts at creative math cannot change the simple fact that giving parents a choice on how to best educate their children actually saves the state money.  

May 8, 2023

Arizona lawmakers propose increase in base education funding

The proposed state budget released today marks some strides forward for public education funding, including a 0.9% increase in base level funding. 

Apr 7, 2023

Mom questions voucher program accessibility

Because both state and federal law do not specifically cite websites, government contractors can claim ADA compliance while access to their websites remains inequitable.  

Jun 30, 2021

Sine finally die!

After 171 days and several false starts and with mere hours to spare before a government shutdown, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget and the Arizona Legislature finally succeeded in adjourning sine die at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday.

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Feb 15, 2021

Senate passes voucher expansion bill

Republican senators gave the go-ahead Monday for what could be a huge expansion in the use of tax dollars to send children to private and parochial schools.

Feb 15, 2020

Education Department violated trust, mismanages voucher program

The Empowerment Scholarship Account program hate groups want to make this week's issue about money! Their “slush fund” argument is ridiculous and falls flat quickly when looking at the facts.

Feb 15, 2020

Vouchers allow for personalized teaching public schools can’t provide

There is a lot of rhetoric from politicians and political activist organizations about ending ESA and sending those funds back to public school. However, they never offer plans about how they will better serve children with special needs and disabilities.

Oct 11, 2019

Legislators order state audit into how efficiently Hoffman uses ESA oversight funding

Legislators yesterday ordered the state auditor to investigate how the Arizona Department of Education spends the roughly $1.3 million it receives to administer a state voucher program.

Jun 10, 2019

ESAs help families find best schools, education options

Education Savings Accounts can be essential to families finding the best educational paths for their children. Not everyone can afford a private school tuition, but thanks to Arizona law and ESAs anyone can.

Save Our Schools Arizona spokeswoman Dawn Penich-Thacker addresses a crowd of volunteers and reporters after submitting more than 110,000 signatures to refer school voucher legislation to the 2018 ballot. The signatures were enough to put the legislation temporarily on hold on Aug. 8. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Aug 11, 2017

Pro-voucher lawyers say referendum petition identified non-existent legislative session

In a letter Friday to state Elections Director Eric Spencer, attorneys Thomas Basile and Tim La Sota, who represent interests seeking the expansion of the voucher program, contend all petitions are invalid because they said the law they seek to refer to voters was enacted during the “fifty-third session of the legislature.”

Apr 18, 2017

Republican lawmakers insist on bigger, more immediate pay hike for teachers

Republican lawmakers are working to line up the votes for a budget deal that would give teachers more than the 0.4 percent raise offered in January by Gov. Doug Ducey.