School Choice gains made in the state legislature

The American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s voice for educational choice, congratulates Arizona families for defeating Eric Meyer at the polls. Meyer, who was running for an open Senate seat in LD28, is staunchly opposed to providing parents access to school choice options and giving children the best educational opportunities possible.

“The voters have sent a powerful message to those candidates, like Meyer, who fight to prevent greater educational opportunities that Arizona parents need and want for their children,” said Kim Martinez, communications associate for the Arizona Federation for Children. “We look forward to working with the Arizona State Senate as we continue our crucial work of creating school choice options for all Arizona students.”

Key AFC-influenced primary and general election results:

•    Legislative District 28 – AFC successfully kept the most ardent House opponent of educational opportunity, Rep. Eric Meyer, out of the Senate. He was defeated by Sen. Kate Brophy McGee. AFC also had a significant role in helping Maria Syms win an open House seat.

•    Legislative District 6 – AFC defended Senate Education Chairman Sylvia Allen and maintained her important Senate seat.

•    Legislative District 12 – AFC successfully defended incumbent Rep. Eddie Farnsworth against a strong challenger for his House seat and successfully helped elect newcomer Travis Grantham. AFC also defended Rep. Warren Petersen as he defeated his challenger for the Arizona State Senate.

•    Legislative District 25 – AFC successfully defended incumbent Rep. Rusty Bowers.

AFC has spent approximately $259,000 defending or opposing a total of 26 candidates. AFC’s support or opposition to candidates is solely determined by that candidate’s stance and voting track record on providing school choice options to all Arizona children.

The American Federation for Children and state affiliate, Arizona Federation for Children, will continue our work locally to fight for the rights of the 67,000 children currently using private school choice programs and the over 170,000 children attending charter schools, as well as work to ensure that one day all Arizona families are empowered to choose the best school for their children.

The Arizona Federation for Children is the state affiliate of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice.



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