Tag: Arizona voucher

Douglas: Legislature shortchanges school voucher program. See related news here

| December 27, 2018
Douglas: Legislature shortchanges school voucher program. See related news here

Outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Arizona lawmakers of routinely underfunding the Department of Education’s effort to oversee the state’s voucher program, leaving millions of dollars earmarked for administrative costs untouched. …

In all but two years since the voucher program was launched in 2011, lawmakers have allowed the Department of Education to spend less than half of what’s prescribed by law, according to a memo sent by Douglas to legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey.

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Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

| September 13, 2017
Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

Gov. Doug Ducey was notified (Sept. 8) that foes of his school-voucher expansion law had qualified their referendum for the November 2018 ballot, where they will seek to undo the expansion. 

The state elections director announced the news on Twitter, and through an email to Beth Lewis, chairwoman of Save Our Schools Arizona. That group, a coalition of parents and public-school advocates, seeks to undo legislation that made all public school kids eligible for the school-voucher program, capping it at 30,000 by 2022.

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Arizona’s new school voucher law gets first legal challenge. Please see related story

| May 17, 2017
Arizona’s new school voucher law gets first legal challenge. Please see related story

Formal efforts to ask voters to repeal Arizona’s new school voucher expansion law and two others making it more difficult for citizens to enact laws have been filed.

Separately Thursday, the group working to get the initiative measures repealed filed a court challenge to one of them.

Proponents have 90 days to collect about 75,000 signatures to block the laws until the November 2018 general election.

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