“67% of adults and 77% of parents of school-aged children support ESAs”
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has proposed a new budget to undo education savings accounts [ESA] signed into law last year by Gov. Doug Ducey.
• 67% of Arizonans and 77% of parents with school-aged children support ESAs.
• Enrollment has surged to 45,000 from 10,000 since the expansion. https://t.co/63UU3VDqa8
— Rob Bluey (@RobertBluey) January 17, 2023
The law was the country’s most expansive school-choice program by removing eligibility limits—making ESAs available to all K-12 students. However, the new budget would remove the expansion and only allow 1 in 4 students eligible:
“In her first State of the State Address, she assailed the Legislature for expanding the program and warned it “will likely bankrupt the state.” She claimed the new law is “poised to cost Arizona taxpayers an estimated $1.5 billion over the next 10 years if left unaddressed.”
But there’s an obvious problem with her math. Arizona spends more than $12,000 a pupil on its public schools, while the typical universal ESA award amount is only $7,000. Ms. Hobbs counts the cost of the program but ignores the fiscal benefit. An analysis from the nonpartisan Common Sense Institute finds that the ESA program will save taxpayer money.”
A Morning Consult poll updated this month found that 67% of adults and 77% of parents of school-aged children support ESAs.
Why would @GovernorHobbs want to downsize the program?
Arizona’s ESA program saves the state millions and is supported by 77% of Arizona parents with school-aged children.
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) January 17, 2023
Students are taking advantage of the program now that more of them are eligible:
“As of Jan 9., more than 45,000 students have enrolled in the state’s school choice program, according to to Faith Prep Arizona, a group that advises families using the school choice program. Originally just one-third of Arizona students were eligible for the program, with about 11,800 students enrolled, according to the AZ Mirror.”
The question now is whether Hobbs has the authority to eliminate the expansion. As of right now, the Republican-controlled legislature can keep the ESAs safe.
Katie Hobbs should not so much as touch the historic school choice reforms enacted under Gov. Ducey but it comes as no surprise the teachers union candidate is doing their bidding as governor. Hold strong, Arizona legislature. Fight for #SchoolChoice. Fight for students! https://t.co/qz7DEurLWK
— Corey Uhden (@CACoreyU) January 17, 2023
wake up, parents. pic.twitter.com/yAsBe5MUeC
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) January 16, 2023
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