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Arizona lawmakers reject voucher plan

By The Associated Press
02.17.04

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers rejected a proposal yesterday for the state to provide vouchers for children to attend private schools.

The state Senate's Education Committee voted against vouchers that would cover 80% of the average amount the state spends to educate a student.

Similar proposals have been made over the last decade but failed to clear the Legislature.

Republican Thayer Verschoor of Gilbert said his proposal was aimed at giving parents choices of where they can send their children for a good education.

While Verschoor insisted his bill wouldn't hurt Arizona's public schools, opponents said it would drain money from public schools and allow students already attending private schools to receive voucher funds.

Opponents also said it would violate Arizona's Constitution, which puts tighter constraints on public money going to private schools.


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