Arizona House To Debate School Voucher Expansion

| February 24, 2016

By  91.5 KJZZ • The Associated Press

The Arizona House is set to debate legislation allowing every public school student to use state cash to attend a private school by 2020.

Wednesday’s scheduled debate on House Bill 2482 comes two days after the full Senate approved an identical bill. That means the bill could head to Gov. Doug Ducey quickly — if it can get out of the House.

The bills are the latest effort to expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program since it was created by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011.

All 1.1 million public school students will qualify for vouchers when a three-year phase-in is completed. An existing cap goes away in 2020.

The Senate approved its version on a mainly party-line vote.

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