Other states take notice of Arizona's education savings accounts get noticed

Friday, October 25, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A just-released survey shows Arizona parents participating in the state's education savings accounts (ESA) program are 100 percent satisfied.

The ESAs were launched in 2011, called Enpowerment Scholarships, the first program of its kind in the nation.

Jeff Reed of the Friedman Foundation for School Choice, which released the survey results, says this not only benefits parents with ESAs, it also benefits those choosing to keep their children in public schools.

“The students who stay behind will now have some smaller classrooms and even more education dollars to go toward their education,” says Reed, calling the adffd a it’s “win-win for both parties.”

The funding amount for each child was increased from $3,000 to $6,000.

Reed

Reed says most parents want to spend the extra money on education therapy such as tutors and more school curriculum for their child.

“So that really proves the whole point of ESA’s. These allow families to rethink the education experience outside public schools,” he says.

Iowa legislators are expected to take some sort of action toward ESAs next year, and Reed says Wisconsin and Ohio lawmakers have also shown interest in this unique program.

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