Tag: School Vouchers

Prop. 305 defeat doesn’t end fight over voucher expansion. See related news here

| November 15, 2018
Prop. 305 defeat doesn’t end fight over voucher expansion. See related news here

More than 1 million voters rejected lawmakers’ attempt to allow every public school student in Arizona to attend private or parochial schools on taxpayer dollars – but the fight isn’t over.

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Voters reject controversial Proposition 305 school voucher measure. See related stories here

| November 7, 2018
Voters reject controversial Proposition 305 school voucher measure. See related stories here

Proposition 305, which would have vastly expanded a program that allows parents and guardians to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, was rejected by voters, the Associated Press reported.

Opponents criticized the contentious proposition, officially the Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum, for its confusing language and unclear objective.

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Education headlines race for Arizona governor, See more statewide education news here

| October 24, 2018
Education headlines race for Arizona governor, See more statewide education news here

By Bud Foster • KOLD NEWS13 TUCSON, AZ (TUCSON NEWS NOW) – When the Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey offered teachers a 1 percent pay raise during his budget presentation in January 2018, many educators took it as an insult. That led to a mass walkout in April dubbed #RedforEd, which resulted in Ducey promising a 20 […]

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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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Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

| September 20, 2017
Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

Arizona’s school voucher program, which would allow all 1.1 million students eligible to apply for tax dollars for private school tuition, submitted enough valid signatures to force the issue to be placed on the ballot in November 2018.

Save Our Schools Arizona, a volunteer group that is against the expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program originally presented more than 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State Aug. 8 and they were officially approved Sept. 5.

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Supporters, opponents of school vouchers in Arizona keep up pressure. Please see related stories

| August 16, 2017
Supporters, opponents of school vouchers in Arizona keep up pressure. Please see related stories

Days after delivering 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, 200 demonstrators opposing the expansion of a school-voucher system rallied Saturday on the steps of the Capitol in hopes of maintaining their momentum.  …

While expansion opponents were rallying, supporters were gathered about 10 miles away for a grass-roots data-entry effort to check the validity of the signature petitions themselves. 

Expansion supporters are expected to challenge signatures in court in an attempt to prevent the effort from qualifying for the ballot.

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CCC increases tuition by $3 a credit hour. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| March 1, 2017
CCC increases tuition by $3 a credit hour. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The Coconino Community College District Governing Board unanimously but begrudgingly voted to increase tuition by $3 per credit hour and several assorted fees in the next year at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

Board member Nat White said it was not something anyone on the board wanted to do, but the college was now at a point where tuition was paying for a larger chunk of the college’s expenses than the money CCC received from the state or property taxes.

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School Vouchers Bill Moves to Full Arizona Senate. Please see related stories

| February 15, 2017
School Vouchers Bill Moves to Full Arizona Senate. Please see related stories

All Arizona school children could get money to go to private school if Senate Bill 1431 passes.

In Arizona, Empowerment Scholarships (ESAs), which some people call vouchers, currently allow students who fall into certain categories to receive money from the state to attend private schools. Those who qualify include children with disabilities, attendees of D or F schools, kids who were adopted or those who come from military families.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, would expand the program to every school child in Arizona, or more than 1 million students.

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