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Anti-ESA Governor Is Living Endorsement of School Choice

March 3, 2023

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is, in spite of herself, perhaps the greatest living billboard for empowerment scholarship accounts (ESAs) in the nation. Indeed, despite her own professed opposition to school choice, Gov. Hobbs’ recent national interview—and her life’s trajectory she described therein—have obliterated the main arguments made against ESAs and instead trumpeted the program’s fundamental pillars: that they help those in need, and that they lead to successful outcomes.

Opponents of educational freedom—including Gov. Hobbs herself—have decried school choice as chiefly helping only those who can already afford to attend private education because the programs offer too little financial assistance to low-income families seeking a non-public school alternative. As Gov. Hobbs has declared, “these families—regardless of getting a private school voucher—they’re not able to afford the gap in tuition that exists.”

Read the rest of the op-ed in the Arizona Capitol Times.

Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute. He also serves as director of the institute’s Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy.



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