Arizona school voucher change approved
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona legislative committee has passed a bill that would allow parents of special needs children enrolled in the state's school voucher program to get approval for additional funding through an independent contractor.
Senate Bill 1237 by Republican Sen. Kimberly Yee of Phoenix would allow an independent company to verify that a student in the program qualifies for special needs funding. Parents of special needs students currently need to get approval from their prior school district.
The bill would also formally allow all students in the program to receive extra funding that many argue is meant for former charter school students. A Senate committee approved a similar proposal last week.
The Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program began in 2011. Students with disabilities or who attend schools that receive a poor grade from the state are eligible.
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