NEWS: Arizona Choice Program Paying Dividends
Posted on Tuesday January 25, 2011 | Arizona
From The Arizona Republic:
Single mother Susan Schaffer and her sixth-grader not only support educational options, they live them.
Sixth-grader Renee Schaffer attends Heritage Christian Academy in Gilbert.
"What I like about private school, in my case, it's Bible-based and this is something I like for my daughter," Susan Schaffer said. "It fits our lifestyle better."
Arizona officials joined more than 40 states this week in commemorating the first National School Choice Week, which runs through Saturday. School-choice advocates support access to better public schools; charter, private and virtual schools; and homeschooling.
In addition to scholarships for private schools, Arizona has one of the most robust charter-school programs in the country. Charter schools are tax-supported public schools that have fewer restrictions than traditional public schools.