Thursday, April 17, 2014

AZ legislators approve school voucher expansion

Manufacturers and other businesses who are considering locating in Arizona need not be concerned about the state of our schools.  There won't be any.

On a voice vote Wednesday the Senate agreed to expand an existing voucherlike program for students with special needs or in failing schools. About 60,000 now qualify for the funds, although actual enrollment is less than 800. 
SB 1236 would open the program to all children living in ZIP codes where the average household income is below 185 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four — currently $44,122 a year. 
The measure, which still needs  a final roll-call vote, does not require individual families to meet that income test. But rather, Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, said those who earn much more would qualify as long as the average income of their neighbors, as defined by postal ZIP codes, is below that figure.
Despite assurances to the contrary, it is clear that the ultimate aim is to replace public schools via the voucher program.  Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, "has made no secret she wants a much larger program, available to far more children."

The full article is here.

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