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New Report: AZ School Districts Reroute Millions that Lawmakers Intended for Teachers

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In 2018, Arizona state lawmakers approved the “20×2020” plan to send hundreds of millions of new dollars to public school districts so they could raise average teacher salaries by 20%. But data revealed in a new Goldwater Institute report suggests that most of that money never made it—at least, not to teachers. As shown in […]

Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for School Choice in Arizona Continues to Grow

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Arizona voters are asking lawmakers to lead on Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs), and their voices just got louder. The state’s ESA program—which allows families to use a portion of the state dollars allotted for their children to pay for private tuition, tutors, and other teaching tools—has transformed thousands of lives both before and during the pandemic. For […]

SB 1452 Does Exactly What it (and Its Sponsor) Promise

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Opponents of educational freedom are attacking SB 1452 and its sponsor on the grounds that… …it would help too many students. This new bill—passed in the Arizona Senate Education Committee this week—would significantly increase access to the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program. Yet disappointingly (though perhaps predictably), various pundits have begun complaining that the bill’s provisions […]

Prop 208 & District Bureaucrats Are Failing Students and Teachers

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If state legislators pitched an “education funding” plan that gave just 13 cents of each new dollar to teachers, what would you call it? Perhaps a waste, an insult, or a scam? Or perhaps just Prop 208. Of course, Prop 208 (also known as the “Invest in Ed” initiative) didn’t come from state legislators—it came […]