Arizona Senate Votes to Phase In Universal Public School Student ESA Eligiblity

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Congrats to Senator Debbie Lesko and the band of happy school choice warriors for passing SB 1279 today, which would phase in making all Arizona public school students eligible to participate in the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

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3 Responses to Arizona Senate Votes to Phase In Universal Public School Student ESA Eligiblity

  1. Greg Forster says:

    What’s the outlook for this?

  2. George Mitchell says:

    Here’s hoping Matt will elaborate on how the current and amended system will work if this legislation reaches Governor Ducey’s desk.

  3. matthewladner says:

    Here is the bill text:

    http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/52leg/2r/bills/sb1279s.htm&Session_ID=115

    This would be a profoundly sensible thing for AZ to do. We stopped being able to afford new district facilities almost ten years ago, and state and federal estimates see between 250k and 500k new 5-17 year olds on the way. In addition a quarter of current public school workers will be eligible to retire by 2018, so creating options for parents outside of the public system will be good all around.

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