March 13, 2020 / Modified mar 13, 2020 10:34 a.m.

Arizona House joins Senate in approving school voucher bill

The proposal allows students on Native American reservations to attend schools in neighboring states if they're within 2 miles of the Arizona border.

PHOENIX — Democrats opposed to the expansion of school vouchers in Arizona failed to block a Republican-backed measure that would slightly increase the reach of the state's current program.

The House approved the expansion on a party-line vote Thursday after an hours-long debate. It now goes to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature since the Senate already approved the measure.

The proposal allows students on Native American reservations to attend schools in neighboring states if they're within 2 miles of the Arizona border. It's billed as a permanent fix for a handful of Navajo Nation students attending a Christian school in New Mexico but now applies to any reservation student.

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