“When parents have more choices, kids win,” Ducey tweeted after the
Republican backers call the measure a needed school choice expansion, but opponents argued it will benefit the wealthy, who they say will use state money to pay for private education they would fund anyway.
The governor wrote: “
The program will give
The law comes at a time with considerable national momentum behind school choice, punctuated by the confirmation of
DeVos tweeted Thursday night lauding the decision, calling it a “big win for students and parents in
Technically called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, the
The measure had been stalled for nearly two months as opposition from a handful of
“The cap will come off,” House minority leader
Since the initial program was adopted in 2011, it has expanded to cover about a third of all students, including children attending failing schools, those living on Indian reservations, foster children and children of military members.
Despite those increases, the program has remained relatively small, but expanding it to all students would allow parents who now send their children to private schools to use the program.
Ducey said at a January school choice event that he'll continue to be an advocate for using state tax money for charter and private schools and home-schooling. That's despite low funding for public schools in the state.
Ducey proposed a 2 percent raise for teachers over five years in his budget, a figure that has been widely panned by education advocates.
“I was really surprised to hear that the governor was making this a priority,” said