Monday, February 20, 2017
Arizona Legislative leaders are making a strong push to adopt unlimited Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs), a means to get state tax money to fund private schools. Mathew Ladner of The Goldwater Institute made the case for unlimited ESAs in his 2012 study, “The way of the future: Education savings accounts for every American family.” The premise is that parents are seemingly pitted against the faceless bureaucrats of the public education system who have little regard for individual students. Conversely, Arizona State University’s Dr. David Garcia made an alternative case in The Teachers College Record in his December 7, 2012 article: Protecting the Choice to Stay: “Education Savings Accounts” and Legislative Priorities. What does this all mean?