NTD spoke with Love Your School founder Jenny Clark about Arizona’s recent expansion of its Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program. She said it will help parents to place their children in an environment that best meets their needs.
With nearly $7,000 becoming available for every K-12 student to attend a private school or be homeschooled through the recent expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs), the Arizona Department of Education’s website has been overwhelmed with parents seeking to apply.
The credit becomes available on Sept. 24, but the number of parents applying in advance has created issues for the Department of Education’s website. An advisory posted to the website this week noted that “high volume” may cause users to receive an error message when trying to establish an account.
The ESA expansion legislation sponsored by Rep. Ben Toma provides families of all 1.1 million of Arizona’s K-12 students the option of allocating 90 percent of state funding, which would have been allocated to the student’s district or charter school, and have it be available for private school tuition, home-schooling, tutoring, and other educational needs such as transportation, textbooks, and computers.