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-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
  • 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)

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?


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

ASBA says vouchers mean less money for district schools! Why do district school kids get shafted?, 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!, Apr. 12, 2017

Did Arizona lawmakers get punked on school-voucher deal?, Apr. 11, 2017

Why Arizona officials don’t know which private schools benefit from expanding voucher program, Apr. 8, 2017

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