ESA, Horne, vendor, ClassWallet, debit cards
Aug 25, 2023

ADE says work being done on ESA program as ClassWallet continues as vendor

With ClassWallet in the process of continuing its contract with the state as the Empowerment Scholarship Account financial vendor, the Arizona Department of Education confirmed work on long-term changes to the program, most notably the revival of debit cards using automation and artificial intelligence.  

ESA, vendor, ClassWallet, ADE, Horne
Aug 1, 2023

ClassWallet selected to keep operating as financial vendor for ESA program

ClassWallet will continue to operate as the financial vendor for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, the Office of the State Treasurer Arizona announced today. 

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Aug 1, 2023

AZDOHS concludes former ADE employee is behind data leak of ESA families’ information

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security concluded a former Arizona Department of Education staffer is behind a data leak of Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) families’ personal information.

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, bids, private schools, tuition,
May 26, 2023

4 firms submit bids to run ESA program

Four financial management companies put in proposals to run the state’s burgeoning Empowerment Scholarship Account program, the state treasury announced May 22.

ESAs, vendors, Horne, ClassWallet
May 5, 2023

State deactivates 910 ESA tutors, vendors  

More than 900 Empowerment Scholarship Account tutors and teaching services were pulled from ClassWallet over the last weekend after the Arizona Department of Education deactivated accounts of vendors who had not adhered to accreditation requirements implemented by the new administration in February.  

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.  

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.

Apr 13, 2020

Audit calls for more staff for voucher program

An audit into the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program management shows that the Arizona Department of Education needs to hire 21 additional full-time employees in order to run it smoothly.