The state of Arizona, after successful implementation of tuition tax credits that provide families an opportunity to choose the best educational option for their child, has introduced Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs. These scholarships currently allow parents of students from failing public schools, children of military families, and students with disabilities who switch from a public to a private school to receive assistance to cover a portion of the tuition. Like the corporate tax credit funds, some of the students taking advantage of the ESAs are coming from economically disadvantaged areas. The proposed expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account Program will gradually expand eligibility for this program over a period of years to include all families.
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