GRADING ARIZONA’S SCHOLARSHIP ORGANIZATIONS
PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION ORGANIZATIONS CAN CHANGE LIVES, CREATE OPPORTUNITIES.
Every child deserves the best education possible, clear and simple.
For many Arizona youths, an education at a public school ranked among the worst in the U.S. is the only option. Private school tuition,
especially for multiple children, is often out of the question for a family struggling to pay the mortgage or cope with medical bills.
Enter Arizona's School Tuition Organization tax credit programs. The first program was introduced nearly 15 years ago as a way to provide
deserving low and middle income families with a chance to send their children to private schools. Since then, two more scholarship programs
have been created with one focused on special needs students.
Using the state tax credit, charitable FAMILIES scholarship organization's known as
STOs, turn donations from individuals and businesses into scholarships for students.
Each STO judges a student's merit and need in awarding scholarships. But "need"
is subjective. Many STOs target students from poor or working class families, while others provide a majority of their scholarship money to students whose parents earn more than $75,000 annually. Advocates say those lower-income children should have an equal right to a quality education, yet, even after recent changes to provide more accountability, some school tuition organizations favor students from financially stable families.
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