June 22, 2022

Arizona House GOP backs universal school voucher expansion

They vote Wednesday advances a bill that would allow all 1.1 million public school students to use public money to attend a private schools.

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Republicans in the Arizona House have approved a massive expansion of the state’s private school voucher program.

They vote Wednesday advances a bill that would allow all 1.1 million public school students to use public money to attend a private schools.

The measure comes just four years after voters overwhelmingly rejected a smaller voucher expansion amid an unprecedented mobilization by teachers opposed to using tax dollars for private education.

It still needs approval in the Senate, which backed a smaller expansion in February.

Democrats fiercely opposed the voucher bill.

The party line vote came as the House and Senate prepare to vote on a nearly $18 billion state budget that will need Democratic support if it is not trimmed substantially.

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