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Arizona has 5 private school choice programs.

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    Arizona – “Switcher” Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Tax-Credit Scholarship

    Arizona’s “switcher” tax-credit scholarship program was enacted and launched in 2012. The law allows donors to receive tax credits for their donations to school tuition organizations, nonprofits that give scholarships to students in need. Learn more about how the program works on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, and more.
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    Arizona – Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

    Education Savings Account

    Arizona was the first state to enact an education savings account program, the newest school choice mechanism. The passage and launch of the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program in 2011 opened the door to new learning opportunities for students with special needs and circumstances. Learn more about how the program works on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, and more.
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    Arizona – Lexie’s Law for Disabled and Displaced Students Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Tax-Credit Scholarship

    The Arizona legislature enacted “Lexie’s Law” in 2009. The program, a tax-credit scholarship for students with special needs, launched in the same year. Learn more about how the program works on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, and more.
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    Arizona – Low-Income Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Tax-Credit Scholarship

    Arizona’s Low-Income Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program passed in 2006, and it launched in the same year. This tax-credit scholarship program allows corporate taxpayers to receive tax credits for their donations to nonprofit organizations that provide school scholarships to K–12 students from low-income families. Learn more about the program on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history, and more.
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    Arizona – Original Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Tax-Credit Scholarship

    The Arizona legislature passed this program in 1997, and it launched in the same year. This tax-credit scholarship program allows taxpayers to receive tax credits for their donations to nonprofit organizations that provide school scholarships to K–12 students. Learn more about the program on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history, and more.
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BLOG POST

Are Arizona Families Satisfied with Education Savings Accounts?

Arizona’s one-of-a-kind education savings accounts (ESAs), called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, are bank accounts eligible parents can use only for their children’s education expenses, current or future. The Arizona Department of Education issues parents debit cards loaded with funds, which amount to about 90 percent of what the state has already reserved for that child in […]
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RESEARCH REPORT

The Education Debit Card II

In this follow-up study, authors examine more data from Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, an education savings account (ESA) program. The program allows families to spend their education dollars on a variety of options, including private tutoring, learning therapies, and more. The Education Debit Card II: What Arizona Parents Purchase with Education Savings Accounts reveals ESA families’ expenditures now and how spending trends have changed since our last report.

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VIDEO

How Education Savings Accounts Work

Wondering how education savings accounts (ESAs) work in Arizona? This video offers a quick and simple explanation of how ESAs work in general. Learn where ESA funding comes from, how parents use ESAs, and how kids benefit from this innovative educational option.

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