ESAs don’t save the state money.
ESAs are bad for Arizona.
School boards oppose ESAs.
We want to thank all the school boards who are taking a stance in opposing the expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts by passing resolutions at their school board meetings. As you know, Senate Bill 1431
was recently passed by the Legislature to expand ESAs beginning in 2017-18. Since the program was introduced in 2011, Arizona has spent $99.7 million funding ESAs. This is a direct conflict with ASBA’s Political Agenda, and a massive blow to our K-12 public schools.
We encourage all school boards to pass this resolution at your next school board meeting. Together, we will stand united declaring a clear opposition of ESAs.
Please send your signed resolution to Darbi Jenkins, ASBA’s Governmental Relations Analyst by email.
Thank you to the following school boards who have officially passed the ESA resolution on behalf of their students, teachers, parents and community.
- Sunnyside Unified School District
- Phoenix Elementary School District
- Ganado Unified School District
- Safford Unified School District
- Queen Creek Unified School District
- Sierra Vista Unified School District
- Osborn School District
- Amphitheater Public Schools
- Welton Elementary School District
- Pendergast Elementary School District
- Kingman Unified School District
- Tempe Elementary School District
- Winslow Unified School District
- Paradise Valley Unified School District
- Show Low School District
- Glendale Union High School District
Below are resources to help better understand the impact of ESA expansion and visual graphics to share on your social media platforms
Get the Facts
Expansion of ESAs passed by the Legislature – SB1431/HB2394 (Download the PDF)
School board resolution template (Download the Template)
The Data: ESA cost to the state by school district and legislative district (Download the Excel)
The Basic Facts & Talking Points (download the PDF)
- Who’s keeping track of how well students with ESAs are doing?
- The differences between district and ESA academic accountability requirements
- While ALEC’s draft “The Educational Savings Account Act” included numerous academic accountability standards, the legislation introduced and passed in Arizona in 2011, which was based on it, did not include any of them.
- A look at ESA bills now being considered by Arizona legislators.
- Who uses ESAs?
- How have ESAs grown?
- How much have ESAs already cost the state general fund?
PowerPoint: Download the PowerPoint PDF
Academic Accountability – How to ESAs compare? (Download and share)
What are ESAs (Download and share)
AZ can’t afford wide-spread ESA expansion (Download and share)
10 FACTS you probably don’t know… but you SHOULD (Download and share)
Vouchers don’t save money (Download and share)
In the Media
azcentral.com, Apr. 14, 2017
Yellow Sheet Report by Arizona Capital Reports, Apr. 12, 2017
12news.com, Apr. 12, 2017
azcentral.com, Apr. 11, 2017
azcentral.com, Apr. 8, 2017
azcentral.com, Mar. 30, 2017
KJZZ, Feb. 20, 2017
azcentral.com, Feb. 17, 2017
12News, Feb. 13, 2017
KJZZ, Feb. 13, 2017