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Senator Lesko explains how ESAs can benefit Arizona students

“I was at an F school, and they would just pass us through to the next grade even if our grades were bad and we didn’t learn the stuff. At my new school, my teacher stays with me during recess to help me learn all the things I don’t understand and now I love going to school.”

These words from 11-year-old Destiny Garcia and other students like her are the reason I sponsored expansion of ESAs and school choice in Arizona. Destiny was stuck in a failing school in south Phoenix. The Empowerment Scholarship Account program gave her parents enough money to transfer her to a private school near her home. Now Destiny is flourishing.

Shouldn't every student have this chance?

Thankfully, Destiny was in one of the few categories of students eligible to get an ESA under the current program. With my new legislation, Senate Bill 1431, signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey, all students will be eligible for this wonderful opportunity no matter where they live or how much money their family makes.

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