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Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

| October 17, 2018
Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

In 2011 Arizona lawmakers adopted the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program, commonly known as a school voucher program, which provides state funds to pay for tuition and various educational services offered by private and parochial schools.

Originally, the ESA program gave parents or guardians of students who had disabilities that could not be addressed in public schools the opportunity to turn to private schools, with the state paying part of the bill (amounting to around 90 percent of what it would have spent to send the child to public school). Over the years, the program gradually has been expanded to extend eligibility to students in several other categories, including foster-care children, those residing on American Indian reservations and those attending failing public schools.

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Report: Low salaries, other issues forcing teacher shortage. See related stories here

| November 15, 2017
Report: Low salaries, other issues forcing teacher shortage. See related stories here

More than 1,300 Arizona classrooms are without a permanent teacher this school year, and a new report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU blames most of the problem on low salaries.

The national median pay of a secondary school teacher is $55,800, while Arizona’s median is $48,020. That puts Arizona worst in the nation for primary school teacher salaries and 48th for high school teacher salaries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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