Contreras, House, legislative session
Aug 28, 2023

Q&A with House Minority Leader Lupe Contreras

House Minority Leader Lupe Contreras talked about the biggest accomplishments, as well as challenges in the 2023 legislative session.

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.

Toma, House, Republicans, speaker, housing, ESAs, rental tax
Aug 25, 2023

Q&A with House Speaker Ben Toma

In a recent interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, House Speaker Ben Toma, R-Peoria, discussed the highlights and disappointments of the 2023 session.

ESAs, vouchers, public schools, Save Our Schools Arizona,
Jul 25, 2023

Hobbs cites new cost estimates for vouchers in attempt to convince lawmakers to scale back program

Gov. Katie Hobbs is citing new cost estimates for universal vouchers in her latest bid to convince lawmakers to scale back the new program.

ESAs, vouchers, public schools, Save Our Schools Arizona,
Jul 21, 2023

Lying about universal ESA vouchers won’t hide the truth

“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. 

school funding, ESAs, private schools, public schools, parents, Center for Arizona Policy
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.  

ESAs, educational options, open enrollment, survey, parents, students
Jul 17, 2023

Voters strongly support educational options including ESAs

Arizona families and voters of all affiliations believe that more educational options – not fewer – is what we need.

ESA, Horne, vendor, ClassWallet, debit cards
Jul 6, 2023

Want the facts about Arizona’s ESA program?

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.

Quezada, Senate committee, rejected
Jun 1, 2023

Senate panel rejects former lawmaker over incendiary politics

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.  

budget, Hobbs, Legislature, Democrats, Republicans, Epstein, Livingston, Kavanagh, Senate, ESAs
May 8, 2023

$150 million for housing, half a billion for education in budget proposal

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. 

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.  

school choice, Hobbs, Ducey, Empowerment Scholarship Program, K-12, students
Apr 14, 2023

Arizona can still be the leader in school choice

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.