Several expected changes to the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) are on hold pending the results of a referendum filed late today. The changes outlined in Senate Bill 1431 included an updated application for Arizona students who were not previously eligible for the program. The new legislation was passed by the State House and Senate and signed by the Governor, earlier this year.
ADE and ESA staff will await further information from the Secretary of State’s Office as to the final validation of petitions related to the referendum. If the number of signatures submitted is eventually deemed insufficient, ADE will enact the changes as originally planned. If the measure is referred to the ballot, ADE will plan to await the results of the election before taking any action related to Senate Bill 1431.