Can Arizona compete? Can we improve educational opportunities for all of children? Can we expand ESAs? ¡Sí, se puede!
One of the biggest questions this year at the Arizona Legislature is whether to expand our state’s program of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). My answer is, “Yes, we can!” (Or as we say in Spanish, ¡Sí, se puede!)
Known elsewhere as Education Savings Accounts, Arizona’s ESAs give families a certain amount of money (for non-disabled students, the amount is typically about $5,000 a year) to pay for qualified education expenses, including tuition at independent schools, textbooks, tutoring, and online curricula. Students can also use ESA monies to attend select courses at public charter schools and traditional district schools.