FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Save Taxpayers Money
PHOENIX, ARIZONA— Contrary to the fake narrative being pushed by Governor Katie Hobbs, Democrats, and teacher unions, Arizona's Universal Empowerment Scholarship Accounts save taxpayers thousands of dollars with each child who switches from a K-12 public school to an ESA voucher.
Critics of school choice falsely contend that a one-time budget shortfall state lawmakers are tasked with resolving this year is a direct result of Republicans' historic expansion of Arizona's school choice program, which has received national recognition for educational excellence.
"Expanding the ESA program did not create this funding gap. Overall spending in the K-12 school budget, which includes all ESA funding, is lower than projections. ESAs cost on average just $7500 per student, but students enrolled in public schools cost taxpayers more than $14,000 each," said Senator Janae Shamp (R-29).
"Taxpayers actually save money for each child who leaves a public school and enters the ESA program, but Democrats don't want the facts to get in the way of the controversy they've created and continue to feed to the media," said Senator Shamp. "It's frustrating and sad that the Left continues to attack the nearly 75,000 ESA families in Arizona who are using their own tax dollars to pay for the preferred learning environments their children have the greatest potential to succeed in. School choice is basic parental authority and a civil right."
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus