Well, the official word is out on the first infusion of applications for the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (Private School Vouchers) thanks to the universal expansion passed by plutocrat Doug Ducey and his anti-public school supporters in the Arizona State Legislature.

It is not a surprise for anyone who predicted what would happen.

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Seventy-five percent of the applicants have children that have not set foot in a public school (traditional or charter.)

This confirms what many opponents of the legislation feared: that the Ducey/Republican Voucher expansion is nothing more than a tax cut for the wealthy who are taking taxpayer money from middle and working-class families to send their children to private schools (some religious; others extremist and racist) in receive a discount in tuition.

As David Lujan, the leader of the Children’s Action Alliance posted, this tax cut, may cause irreparable harm to public schools (both traditional and public) as conservative legislators are more willing to fund voucher expansion (taxpayer-funded subsidy in Lujan’s words) than fully fund public schools and remove the Aggregate Expenditure Limit.

The leading organization dedicated to stopping this latest Ducey/Republican tax cut (voucher expansion) for the wealthy from going into effect, Save our Schools Arizona also released a statement through their Statewide Outreach Director Nicky Indicavitch on social media.

Ms. Indicavitch is right when she protests that this voucher expansion is a taxpayer-funded gift and gutting educational opportunities for her child and the other children attending a traditional or charter public school.

If you have not signed a petition to refer the initiative to the ballot to stop this unfair tax cut for the rich at the expense of middle and working-class families, please do so by September 15, 2022.

There is a major signing push and petition collection drive this Labor Day Weekend.

Please find a site near you and let’s beat back this latest attack on public schools.

 

 

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