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Mesa homeschooled students given ESA vouchers by mistake
Aug 12, 6:18 AM: An error by Mesa Public Schools could lead to 27 homeschooled students losing access to the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program they were mistakenly granted.
Charter school to make $2.55 million offer on Green Fields School
Aug 8, 6:34 AM: Accelerated Learning Laboratory, a Tucson charter school, is set to offer $2.55 million to purchase Green Fields School, which announced recently that it was closing due to financial troubles.
Supt. Hoffman asks Legislators to release full ESA administration funding
Aug 8, 5:41 AM: Video complaints of delays in approving Empowerment Scholarship Account applications led an Arizona legislator to ask for an investigation of the process and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to again request the >
Records show history of long ESA delays at Dept of Education
Jul 31, 4:45 AM: Records obtained by Arizona Mirror show that missed deadlines in approving applications for the state’s school voucher program were a common occurrence under former state schools Superintendent Diane Douglas, though the >
Colorado City family losing ESA voucher after school moves across state lines
Jul 30, 6:36 AM: A family in the polygamous enclave of Colorado City appears likely to lose the vouchers it was using to send three children to private school because that school has moved across the state line and now is in Hilldale, >
Hoffman, school choice group clash over voucher program
Jul 29, 5:54 AM: A school choice organization fired its third broadside in as many months against the Arizona Department of Education, accusing the Democratic administration of playing fast and loose with state laws to stifle the voucher >
Opinion: Voucher shenanigans afoot? Blame the Legislature, not Kathy Hoffman
Jul 29, 5:51 AM: If there is a conspiracy afoot to sabotage Arizona's ESA program, it probably starts with the Legislature, not Superintendent Kathy Hoffman.
How much is Arizona spending to bail out private schools?
Jul 25, 5:48 AM: Tucson's Green Fields private school is closing. According to an article in the Star, the school's enrollment has fallen from 246 students in 2001 to as few as 105 in 2015. Green Fields is a K-12 school, so the 2015 >
Excalibur Charter Schools marks 20 years of operation
Jul 19, 7:22 AM: When students fill Avalon Elementary in Apache Junction on the first day of school July 29, they will join the ranks of thousands educated by a charter school company that marked 20 years in 2019.
Opinion: Why are Arizona schools outperforming their peers nationally? Thank school choice
Jul 8, 5:09 AM: For some time conservative scholars, most prominently Matt Ladner now with the Arizona Chamber Foundation, have pointed out that Arizona students have been outperforming those of other states in gains on the federal >
Opinion: Both sides of school choice debate lose sight of best interest for kids
Jun 26, 5:25 AM: The political fight over School Choice – Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts seem to never end. The latest battle continues over a small group of Navajo children, who needed the Education Savings Accounts to attend >
Arches Academy charter school opening in Apache Junction
Jun 20, 5:21 AM: A school centered on self-paced education for each individual student has its first classes starting Aug. 5 in Apache Junction.
Don’t fall for Gov. Ducey’s latest voucher scam
Jun 17, 4:20 AM: Governor Doug Ducey and his underlings are upset with media types like me for wondering if the governor is planning another school voucher scam.
Opinion: Why isn't it a crime for charter school owners to spend public money on Cardinals tickets?
Jun 14, 7:14 AM: The owners of an Gilbert charter school blew $105,000 of public money – money given them to educate kids -- on tickets to Arizona Cardinals games.
Law or not, school voucher oversight in the works
Jun 14, 6:18 AM: A provision slipped into the budget directs state officials to contract with a private company to help administer Arizona’s school voucher program. No problem, says Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman – that >
Arizona to gradually lower amounts companies can divert for tuition tax credits
Jun 7, 5:56 AM: Arizona is finally ready to curtail — but not stop — the ability of corporations to divert what they owe in state income tax to instead help send children to private and parochial schools, a system of credits that >
Arizona Governor OKs School Voucher Fix for Navajo Children
Jun 7, 5:30 AM: Legislation giving a handful of Navajo children from Arizona another year to use their vouchers for tuition at a private New Mexico school has been signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
Compromise bill caps corporate tax credits for private school tuition
Jun 6, 5:56 AM: A future drain on state revenues has likely been averted after lawmakers were able to reach an elusive agreement to cap a program that provides tax credits to companies that fund scholarships for students to attend private >
Opinion: State should do more to empower Native Americans with school choice
May 31, 8:31 AM: I can relate to their predicament. I also grew up and attended public school on a reservation, in a small rural community with limited economic resources. I am a tribal member of the Apache Tribe in San Carlos, where the >
‘Rigorous’ charter school opening this fall
May 30, 6:04 AM: Dr. E. D. Hirsch Jr. once said, “For the sake of academic excellence, greater equity and higher literacy, elementary and middle schools need to teach a coherent, cumulative and content-specific core curriculum. >



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