Published Online: May 22, 2012
Published in Print: May 23, 2012, as Ariz. Governor Signs School Voucher Bill

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Ariz. Governor Signs School Voucher Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed a bill allowing public money to be used to finance vouchers for students at low-rated schools to attend private schools.

The bill, signed last week, permits students at schools that have been given D or F grades in state rankings to receive a scholarship.

Children of active-duty military personnel, and those adopted out of the state's foster-care system or those undergoing adoptions are also eligible under the bill, the pro-voucher Goldwater Institute, a think tank based in Phoenix, reported. The institute said over 100,000 children would be eligible.

Parents will receive 90 percent of the money the state would have spent on a per-pupil basis to cover the private school tuition, as well as books, licensed therapists, or online learning expenses. Money in the accounts can also be used to save for college.

Vol. 31, Issue 32, Page 4

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