Tremendous support for disadvantaged kids as Lexi’s Law hits $5 million in donations, Second K-12 scholarship program to cap out this week
Lexi’s Law scholarships benefit disabled students wanting to attend a private school
PHOENIX (July 8, 2014) — For only the second time in the history of the program, Lexi’s Law has hit the $5 million dollar donation cap according to the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR). Also impressive, the program reached the cap within a record five days of the new fiscal year beginning July 1. Lexi’s Law gives scholarships to the state’s disabled and displaced students and is funded solely by corporate taxpayer donations.
This news comes a day after the ADOR announced the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program hit its donation cap of $52 million within record time of only three days. The flood of donations shows the popularity of the two programs, which help the state’s at-risk students, is at an all time high.
“The support from the business community shown in the last week for Arizona’s most disadvantaged kids is overwhelming and heartwarming,” said Kim Martinez, communications associate for the American Federation for Children. “Arizona corporations have stepped up in the biggest way to date to say these kids deserve to have the best education possible and we will help fund high-quality educational options.”
Andrea Weck-Robertson is an Arizona mother who initially fought alongside the Arizona State Legislature to get Lexi’s Law enacted in 2009. The program is named after her daughter Lexi, who back in preschool, was diagnosed with low-functioning autism, mild mental retardation and cerebral palsy. Today at 14, she is fully communicative, through using her IPad and through sign language, reaching all of her goals set in her individualized education plan.
“This is such a great day! I am so proud and grateful that the fight we started years ago has grown into a program that is now receiving an outpouring of support,” said Andrea. “The success of hundreds of children with special needs is directly tied to Lexi’s Law scholarships and the ability for parents to choose what school meets their children’s needs.”
The Arizona Federation for Children is the state affiliate of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice.