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ESA expansion would cost state more money

March 1, 2017
Bills to expand Empowerment Scholarship Accounts working their way through the Arizona Legislature would substantially increase costs to the state’s general fund, not save the state money as one of the bills’ sponsors has claimed, according to two recent financial…

What’s attracting more Arizona kids to magnet schools?

February 14, 2017
After students in the Water Investigations Academy program at Pendergast Elementary School District learn about different aspects of water in the classroom, they analyze it on a field trip to the Salt River and then take part in discussions with…

Academic accountability: How do ESAs measure up?

February 3, 2017
As legislators seek to dramatically expand Arizona’s program to provide state funds for private schools and other personal education needs, public school advocates are pushing back on a host of policy issues related to the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program,…

Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

January 18, 2017
Arizona students achievement gains over time ranked the state seventh in the nation, but that could not overcome the state’s spending for education, ranked at 50th in the nation, according to Education’s Week‘s 2017 Quality Counts report Under construction: Building…

What are Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts?

January 4, 2017
Editor’s note: The expansion of Arizona’s voucher-like Empowerment Scholarship Account program is expected to be one of the most high profile and contentious education issues of the 2017 legislative session, which begins next Monday, Jan. 9. The recent appointment of…
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