School Choice is now available to students living on Native American reservations

School Choice is now available to students living on Native American reservations

April 8, 2015

Dear Friend,

All children, regardless of zip code, should have access to a great education that best meets their needs. Yesterday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) expansion bill into law. An ESA is an account established, with financial assistance from the state, to provide options for parents to freely choose how and where to educate their children. Senate Bill 1332, sponsored by Senator Carlyle Begay, will provide eligibility for ESAs to students who live on Native American reservations.

We thank Governor Ducey for signing the Empowerment Scholarship Account expansion bill and for his commitment to securing a bright future for all of Arizona’s students. We thank Senator Begay for his instrumental leadership on this bill and for his continuing efforts on the important education issues facing the state.

Arizona is a national leader in school choice and yesterday’s bill signing further demonstrates that the Grand Canyon State is dedicated to creating an accessible, comprehensive education system for all students.

Sincerely,

Patricia Levesque
Executive Director
Excellence in Education National

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Learn more about the Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (SB 1332):

  • Arizona was first state in the country to adopt Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for children with special needs; since that time the state has gradually increased eligibility to more families. Florida was the second state to adopt ESAs. Up to 20 states are considering similar legislation this year.
  • Currently, students with special needs (including incoming Kindergarteners and Pre-K), students attending D and F schools, children of members of military, children in foster care and the siblings of otherwise eligible children are eligible to participate (roughly 20 percent of Arizona students).
  • This bill will open eligibility to students living on Native American reservations.

For more information visit www.ExcelNational.org.