House Minority Leader Lupe Contreras talked about the biggest accomplishments, as well as challenges in the 2023 legislative session.
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.
In a recent interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, House Speaker Ben Toma, R-Peoria, discussed the highlights and disappointments of the 2023 session.
Gov. Katie Hobbs is citing new cost estimates for universal vouchers in her latest bid to convince lawmakers to scale back the new program.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” This political propaganda technique is the playbook for special interests pushing school vouchers in Arizona. But the “big lie” only works as long as its consequences remain hidden — and when it comes to vouchers, Arizona has entered the “lie big and find out” phase.
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.
Arizona families and voters of all affiliations believe that more educational options – not fewer – is what we need.
Allowing Arizona parents to choose the educational option that works best for their children is proving to be a highly popular policy. Rather than sharing hyperbole and rhetoric that undermines the choices families are making, the state’s policymakers would be wise to heed this truth and continue to plan responsibly.
A Senate committee voted Wednesday, as expected, to recommend the rejection of a former Democratic lawmaker to lead a state agency, citing his past political comments.
A new budget proposal emerged today that delivers a child tax rebate, major spending on housing and education, and a reshuffling of money destined for water projects.
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.
Now is the time for Arizona, my home state, to continue its role as the leader in the movement to provide increased educational opportunities for its students.