Arizona’s private-school scholarship program allows educational choice

Single mother Susan Schaffer and her sixth-grader not only support educational options, they live them.

Schaffer’s daughter is among the 32,000 students participating in Arizona’s private-scholarship program, which allows state income taxes to go toward a private school education.

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. (continued…)