Among five issues to be decided in November’s General Election is Arizona Prop 305, which expands the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program.

The original ESA program allowed students with disabilities to opt out of the public school system and instead receive an ESA that could be spent on private education, homeschooling or other non-public education. An ESA is funded at 90 percent of what the state would have paid for the student in a district or charter school. A “yes” vote would uphold Senate Bill 1431, making all students eligible for an ESA, phased in over four years.

Arizonans for and against the proposition debated at the General Election Town Hall Oct. 6.


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