Arizona Governor Ducey (R) signed a 2017 law to expand Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA), generically known as school vouchers (although supporters and the Arizona State Supreme Court disagree to that description), for more students in K-12 schools. The proposed expansion is open to all public school students with some limitations as to grade. The expansion is also capped at approximately 35,000 students or .5% of the total public school population. The implementation of this law is on hold due to a referendum that challenges the law, Proposition 305.
Proposition 305, a veto referendum, allows the Arizona electorate to either approve of the expansion or reject the law.
Bob Karp on Empowerment Scholarship Accounts: I am not in favor of any expansion of ESAs. I believe that regardless of what we call them, their purpose is to divert desperately need funds from the public school system to private schools. I am concerned that "school choice" in this case means moving taxpayer monies to schools that have little accountability. ESA funds tend to be a subsidy for upper-income families to send their children to private schools. The amount provided through the ESA program will not be enough to allow middle-class or lower income families to pay most private school tuition.
I am a NO vote on Proposition 305. A NO vote is to reject the law and expansion of the ESA program in Arizona.
The state’s commitment should be to our public schools. Instead of a war on the public schools, the state can be more proactive in finding solutions that work to create a better outcome for students.
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