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Ariz. Governor Signs School Voucher Bill

By Andrew Ujifusa — May 22, 2012 1 min read
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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.

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A version of this article appeared in the May 23, 2012 edition of Education Week as Ariz. Governor Signs School Voucher Bill

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