Thursday, February 25, 2016

The rich get richer thanks to Arizona's voucher program

azcentral.com reports on how Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (aka vouchers) are selectively benefitting wealthier families - and what it costs public education.

Two years after state lawmakers granted children from poor-performing schools the right to attend private schools at taxpayer expense, most children using the program are leaving high-performing public schools in wealthy districts, an analysis by The Arizona Republic has found.

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts allow parents to take tax money that would otherwise go directly to their local public schools and put it toward private-school tuition. Passed in 2011 as a program only for disabled children, the Legislature has continued to expand it, including to children in failing schools and others.

And now, our privatization first legislature is trying to worsen the situation by extending the program to all Arizona students.

For more see Linda Lyon's post here from yesterday.

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