Private-school voucher bill delayed amid uproar

| March 2, 2016

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Rob O’Dell • The Republic /

Arizona House lawmakers for the third time Tuesday halted debate of a controversial plan to expand a program that allows families to put tax money towards private-school tuition.

The delay appears to signal that  the bill has stalled amid mounting criticism that expanding the Empowerment Scholarship Account program would harm public schools. The decision to retain the bill Tuesday comes one day after the bill sponsor pulled the bill off the House floor calendar.

More conservative lawmakers are pushing to expand the program to all public schoolchildren by 2020. Other Republicans – and Democrats – argue such a dramatic expansion would siphon desperately needed funds from public schools, and they say state leaders should instead focus on passing a $3.5 billion initiative for K-12 schools known as Prop. 123.

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