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Beth Lewis

ESA, Empowerment Scholarship Account, Arizona Department of Education, Save Our Schools Arizona, Horne, Beth Lewis
Sep 7, 2023

ESA program added almost 50,000 students in the past year, state reports

The state added nearly 12,000 students to the Empowerment Scholarship Account program in the last quarter, bringing total enrollment to 61,689 at the end of June and renewing debates about the costs and benefits of the program.

ESAs, Arizona Department of Education, tuition, public schools, private schools, parents, Hobbs, Lewis, Ladner
Aug 25, 2023

Attempts to curtail universal ESA program fail

In the first legislative session following the universal expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, attempts to curtail or enact further oversight for the program fell flat.

teachers, teacher pay, tiny houses, Horne, Chino Valley Unified School District, Arizona
Jul 31, 2023

With pay lagging, school districts try other enticements to get teachers

Chino Valley is trying tiny houses as an inducement for teachers. The district is not alone. From tiny houses to alternative teacher certification programs to hiring teachers from overseas, school districts around Arizona are scrambling for ways to attract teachers to a state that offers some of the lowest salaries in the nation.

ESA, Horne, vendor, ClassWallet, debit cards
Jun 1, 2023

ESA vouchers projected to cost $900M next year

The Empowerment Scholarship Account program is on track to cost the state $900 million by the end of the next fiscal year, according to the most recent estimate by the Arizona Department of Education.

microschools, homeschooling, online learning, ESAs
May 26, 2023

ESA expansion sparks wave of microschools

The universal expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, and the public policy push toward school choice in Arizona have ushered in a wave of microschools, an education approach situated somewhere between homeschooling and online learning.

Sep 24, 2022

Voucher foes turn in petition signatures

Foes of universal school vouchers turned in 141,714 signatures Friday to give voters the last word.

ESAs, Save Our Schools Arizona, vouchers, tuition, private schools, public schools, charter schools, ClassWallet, Arizona Auditor General’s Office, Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Ducey, Beth Lewis, Arizona School Boards Association, Morning Consult, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Education Association, Children’s Action Alliance, Toma, Barry Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research,
Sep 9, 2022

Here’s what you should know about ESAs

Arizona is again grappling with the issue of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts and whether voters should decide for themselves if taxpayer money can fund private and home schools for all K-12 students.  

Feb 2, 2021

Senate panel OKs voucher expansion bill

A Senate panel on Tuesday advanced a school voucher expansion that supporters framed as a civil rights issue and opponents decried as a repudiation of Arizona voters who overwhelmingly rejected universal vouchers two years ago.

Jul 30, 2020

Politicians weigh in on ballot measures

If you get your advice from Gov. Doug Ducey you're going to want to vote against at least three of the four measures expected to be on the November ballot.

May 11, 2020

Lawmakers still have time to show appreciation for teachers

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and with many parents in Arizona and across the country trying to teach our kids at home, we’ve never appreciated our incredible professional educators more. Although many Arizona lawmakers are in the same boat, will their appreciation show? Public schools provide invaluable services, empowering Arizona’s children to thrive — […]