Christine Accurso

data breach, ESA, Hobbs, Horne, Accurso
Jul 28, 2023

ESA data breach prompts state Homeland Security investigation 

A recent data breach involving the contractor in charge of Arizona’s expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program is now under investigation by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.  

ESAs, Accurso, resignation, ADE
Jul 25, 2023

ESA program director resigns while ADE, treasurer’s office mull which firms to hire

The director of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program resigned yesterday.  

ESA, Board of Education, handbooks, Accurso
Apr 24, 2023

Board of Education approves ESA handbook despite concerns

The State Board of Education voted to approve the Empowerment Scholarship Account handbook today, though two board members voted against adopting the final draft, citing frustration with accepting last minute “substantive” changes without sufficient stakeholder input.  

ESA, State Board of Education, parents, Horne
Mar 30, 2023

Parents hit board with ESA complaints – again

The State Board of Education was once again hit by a wave of written and verbal feedback about the Empowerment Scholarship Account handbook but parents say their input is still failing to materialize in the newest draft of the handbook.

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.

Jul 29, 2019

The Breakdown: Between the lines

One Democratic lawmaker wants to spend 2020 tackling a unique form of gerrymandering, and argues that inmates in Arizona prisoners shouldn’t count towards the population of the legislative district that the prison is drawn in.

Jul 26, 2019

Hoffman, school choice group clash over voucher program

A school choice organization fired its third broadside in as many months against the Arizona Department of Education, accusing the Democratic administration of playing fast and loose with state laws to stifle the voucher program.