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The Arizona Legislature recently passed the most expansive school choice law in the nation, opening our Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) eligibility to all school-age children without restriction. As majority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives, it was my privilege to sponsor the legislation and guide it to the finish line, delivering educational freedom to more than 1.1 million students.
I’m proud to continue the Arizona tradition of leading on school choice. In 1997 we were the first state with a tax credit scholarship program and in 2011 we passed the nation’s first ESA law, which has slowly expanded to cover about a quarter of our students.
We are now the first state with a truly universal ESA program. Essentially, parents who apply for an ESA may direct about $7,000 to expenses like private school tuition, homeschooling expenses, educational therapies, and