Vouchers Hurt Kids.
Our kids deserve the highest quality teachers and schools. When ESA vouchers divert funds to well-off private schools, it harms the 95% of Arizona families who choose public schools.
Vouchers Hurt Classrooms.
ESA vouchers will pull millions of dollars from our classrooms each year. Our classrooms are already overcrowded and underfunded. We cannot allow one more cent to leave our public classrooms to fund private schools.
Vouchers Hurt Taxpayers.
As taxpayers, we trust our state to spend our tax dollars wisely. Spending public dollars on private school entitlements makes no economic sense. We taxpayers also want to know where our tax dollars are going — and with ESA vouchers, we’ll never know.
Vouchers Hurt Neighborhoods.
When we fail to invest in our neighborhood schools, property values decrease and crime increases. ESA voucher programs take money from our local communities and shift it to the wealthiest areas. Arizonans want our state to protect our homes, schools, and communities.
Vouchers Hurt Special Needs Students.
SOSAZ supports the ESA voucher program for special needs students. Expanding ESA vouchers to all students would mean that children with special needs no longer have priority for vouchers.
Vouchers Hurt Rural Areas.
Rural schools will receive little to no benefit from the ESA voucher program, since our rural communities do not generally have private schools. However, these rural schools will have to sacrifice their funds to the ESA voucher program just like any other school.
Vouchers Hurt the Economy.
Businesses want to set up shop where they’ll find a well-educated workforce and excellent public schools for their employees’ families. As Arizona has stopped investing in its public schools, businesses have stopped choosing Arizona. ESA vouchers will only add to the problem.