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Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program? See related news here

| November 1, 2018
Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program? See related news here

Proposition 305 asks voters to decide the future of school vouchers – whether they want to keep or repeal a major expansion of the program.

Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2017 signed a bill to expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, but a group of parents, educators and advocates organized to put the issue before voters in the Nov. 6 election.

The ESA program allows parents and guardians to apply for vouchers that essentially use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition.

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Advocacy group: Voucher expansion could cause Arizona schools to suffer. Please see related stories

| June 7, 2017
Advocacy group: Voucher expansion could cause Arizona schools to suffer. Please see related stories

Arizona’s new voucher expansion bill will take money from the 95 percent of Arizona students that go to public school and give it to the private sector, according to the volunteer group Save the Schools.

“The majority of our children today are still going to public school,” said former congressman Ed Pastor who held a rally Wednesday in South Phoenix for Save Our Schools. “The $200 million that is going into the private sector should go back to the public sector so we have adequate education.”

The bill signed by Republican governor Doug Ducey last month caps total voucher enrollment at about 30,000 students in 2022. The bill extends eligibility for the state’s voucher program to all 1.2 million Arizona schoolchildren over four years.

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Opinion: Education should be a national priority, not a state burden

| April 1, 2015
Opinion: Education should be a national priority, not a state burden

March 31, 2015 • By Harper Neidig • The State Press The rhetoric of public education discussion largely revolves around the debate of whether or not schools need more funding. This simple dichotomy ignores is the more pressing issue of inequality that pervades our public school system. In the U.S., the quality of a public education is […]

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