Inside Sen. McCain's Fight to Correct a Catch-22 Facing Arizona's Native American Students
Neglect and arguably education malpractice have been the shameful hallmarks of public schooling for many Native American students so it’s no surprise that when the state of Arizona finally offered another option, the parents of those children rushed to embrace it.
In 2015, Native American families for the first time were allowed to tap into Arizona’s education savings account, state funds that parents can use to pay for private school tuition and other educational options.
“When I heard about the [new funding], I jumped at it,” said Tamelia Boyd, who used it to re-enroll her three high schoolers in St. Michael Indian School, a 100-year-old Catholic institution on the Navajo reservation that had become too expensive for the family. “That was a main factor in our decision to send them back.”