The Truth About ESA Vouchers

ESA vouchers will cost
$ 0
This school year alone.

Get the Facts

  • ESA = “Empowerment Scholarship Account,” a deceptive term for voucher
  • Every new ESA voucher represents subtracts funding from our local public schools, which are already funded 49th in the US (Making the Grade 2023)
  • Vouchers do not save Arizona money: the minimum ESA voucher is $500 higher than the state per-pupil funding to district schools
  • 77% of ESA voucher users are from wealthy zip codes in AZ (ABC 15)
  • Voucher funds are reimbursed by Supt. Horne’s ADE – most expenses are Amazon & Venmo purchases to a massive list of 3000 vendors (bit.ly/vendorsESA)
  • Reimbursements include questionable expenditures such as gourmet espresso machines, snow cone maker, home gyms, chicken coops, zoo and bounce memberships, trips, and so much more (bit.ly/VoucherWaste)

In the News

ADE recently spent
$600K to advertise
ESA program

Arizona school voucher program growth explodes to $900 million for the upcoming school year

'Bankrupt our state': Expected school voucher surge to cost Arizona taxpayers a lot more money

Valley couple says daughter's school is discriminating against them because they are gay

Robbing From the Poor
to Educate the Rich

Trampolines and cowboy classes: Arizona parents take advantage of state’s homeschooling funds

Nation watches as
Arizona’s universal ESA voucher
fiasco fails

Arizona Parents are Using Public Ed $ for Kayaks, Trampolines & SeaWorld Tickets

Lawmakers have decisions to make re ESA vouchers. The average voucher cost to state general fund is $11,000+. The total in AZ is 6X higher than projected.
 
Nonpartisan JLBC: “We’ve never really faced this circumstance before. You’ve got this requirement but it isn’t funded.”
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