Arizona Lawmakers Pass Bills to Expand ESA and Tax Credit Programs

June 14, 2013

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Arizona lawmakers ended an incredibly difficult legislative session last night by expanding school choice.  The Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program made kindergarten students otherwise eligible to participate (children with a disability, living in a D or F rated school or district boundary, foster care or the child of an active duty military) eligible to participate without prior public school attendance. The new law also shifts the funding for the program to the charter school formula, which will increase the minimum funding received and should make participation more feasible for students attending D and F schools and children with disabilities funded at the lower levels under the Arizona formula more feasible.  A separate tax credit bill expands the types of corporations allowed to participate in the corporate scholarship tax credit program. Both measures are on their way to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk.