ESAs don’t save the state money.

ESAs don’t save the state money. Bad-for-AZ-300x251ESAs 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.

ESAs don’t save the state money. NoOnESAs-1-1-300x251

 

 

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
  • Creighton School District
  • Sierra Vista Unified School District
  • Osborn School District
  • Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Welton Elementary School District
  • Glendale 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
  • Antelope Union High School District
  • Congress Elementary School District
  • Catalina Foothills School District
  • Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
  • Apache Junction Unified School District
  • Flagstaff Unified School District
  • Nogales Unified School District
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • Tolleson Union School District
  • Flowing Wells School District
  • Cobre Valley Inst. Of Technology District (CVIT)
  • Dysart Unified School District
  • Agua Fria Union High School District
  • Mohave Valley School District
  • Bullhead City Elementary School District
  • Oracle Elementary School District
  • Maricopa Unified School District
  • Tanque Verde Unified School District
  • Avondale Elementary School District
  • Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Willcox Unified School District
  • Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District
  • Gilbert Public Schools
  • Superior Unified School District
  • Paradise Education Centers
  • Mingus Union High School District
  • Sahuarita Unified School District
  • Ajo Unified School District
  • Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District
  • Madison Elementary School District
  • St. Johns Unified School District
  • Western Arizona Vocational Education School District
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Buckeye Union High School District
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Window Rock Unified School District
  • Washington Elementary School District
  • Palominas Elementary School District
  • Lake Havasu Unified School District
  • Crane School District
  • Sanders Unified School District
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Somerton School District
  • Salome Consolidated Elementary School District
  • Casa Grande Elementary School District
  • Yuma Elementary School District
  • Nadaburg Unified School District
  • Bisbee Unified School District
  • Beaver Creek School District
  • Yarnell School District
  • CAVIAT School District
  • Fort Thomas Unified School District
  • Page Unified School District
  • Mayer Unified School District
  • Saddle Mountain Unified School District
  • Snowflake School District
  • Stanfield Elementary School District
  • Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District
  • Holbrook Unified School District
  • Laveen Elementary School District
  • Patagonia Elementary School District
  • Patagonia Union High School District
  • J.O. Combs Unified School District
  • Payson Unified School District
  • Fountain Hills Unified School District
  • Miami Unified School District
  • Chinle Unified School District
  • Globe Unified School District
  • Higley Unified School District
  • Morenci School District
  • Altar Valley School District
  • Parker Unified School District
  • Fowler Elementary School District
  • Yavapai Accommodation School District
  • San Carlos Unified School District
  • Buckeye Elementary School District
  • NAVIT
  • Tempe Union High School District
  • Bagdad Unified School District
  • Tolleson Elementary School District
  • Litchfield Elementary School District
  • Topock Elementary School District
  • Prescott Unified School District
  • Kayenta Unified School District
  • Balsz Elementary School District
  • Ash Creek Elementary School
  • Chevelon Butte School District
  • Cave Creek Unified 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)

Academic Accountability: How do Arizona’s ESAs measure up?

  • 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.

What are Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts?

  • Who uses ESAs?
  • How have ESAs grown?
  • How much have ESAs already cost the state general fund?

Webinar

Recording: Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts: How they work and the cost to the state general fund

PowerPoint: Download the PowerPoint PDF

Infographics

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

ASBA says vouchers mean less money for district schools! Why do district school kids get shafted?

azcentral.com, Apr. 14, 2017

Remember this when Prop. 301 comes up again, ASBA Dr. Timothy Ogle speaks up against ESAs

Yellow Sheet Report by Arizona Capital Reports, Apr. 12, 2017

Gov. Ducey is wrong about $10K raises, Chris Kotterman, ASBA confirms not accurate statement!

12news.com, Apr. 12, 2017

Did Arizona lawmakers get punked on school-voucher deal?

azcentral.com, Apr. 11, 2017

Why Arizona officials don’t know which private schools benefit from expanding voucher program

azcentral.com, Apr. 8, 2017

Arizona taxpayer-funded vouchers benefiting students in more-affluent areas

azcentral.com, Mar. 30, 2017

Arizona Senate To Vote On Private School Voucher Legislation This Week

KJZZ, Feb. 20, 2017

School-voucher expansion could cost Arizona $24M a year or more

azcentral.com, Feb. 17, 2017

Arizona school-choice plan falls short on taxpayer saving

12News, Feb. 13, 2017

Proposal To Expand School-Voucher Bill Stirs Debate

KJZZ, Feb. 13, 2017