Policy Documents

Dollars, Flexibility, and an Effective Education: Parent Voices on Arizona’s Education Savings Accounts

Jonathan Butcher –
October 3, 2013

Jonathan Butcher contends in this Policy Report that Arizona’s education savings accounts are the most innovative way for parents to find a great education for their child. On May 8, 2013, the Goldwater Institute conducted a focus group for savings-account families. Key findings include: 94 percent of participants said they were “very satisfied” with education savings accounts, while 6 percent were “somewhat satisfied”; parents report that the public school and district officials they encounter say they have a low level of knowledge about education savings accounts; and, parents say it is a significant challenge to renew their child’s special needs diagnosis at a public school, which is required to remain eligible for a savings account.