PHOENIX, AZ — The Arizona Supreme Court today declined to review a lower court’s decision on the state’s education savings accounts (ESA) program, essentially deeming the ESA program legal. Opponents claimed ESAs support private schools in violation of the state constitution.
However, in 2013, the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected opponents’ opinion, declaring the program constitutional in that ESA funds are directed “solely upon how parents choose to educate their children.”
The ruling could prompt Arizona policymakers to expand the ESA program further and encourage other states to consider the innovative education policy. For the most comprehensive information on ESAs, read the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice’s studies below:
Click here to read “The Way of the Future: Education Savings Accounts for Every American Family.”
From the author: “Arizona’s ruling now gives other states more reason to consider #schoolchoice ESAs” @MatthewLadner
How do parents use ESAs?
Click here to read “The Education Debit Card: What Arizona Parents Purchase with Education Savings Accounts.”
From the author: “The Arizona ruling is great news for parents using ESAs and those wanting more #schoolchoice” @LindseyMBurke
Are families happy with ESAs?
Click here to read “Schooling Satisfaction: Arizona Parents’ Opinions on Using Education Savings Accounts.”
From the authors:
“#Schoolchoice has another quality resource for families to consider with Arizona’s court ruling” @GoldwaterInst Jonathan Butcher
“Arizona’s ESA ruling reaffirms core principle of #schoolchoice: Parents are in charge” @JasonBedrick
For more information on ESAs, other court rulings, and legislative developments on school choice in every state, follow the Friedman Foundation @edchoice on Twitter.