Arizona lawmakers are moving to allow a handful of children from the Navajo reservation to continue using school vouchers at a Christian school in New Mexico
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers are moving to allow a handful of children from the Navajo reservation to continue using school vouchers at a Christian school in New Mexico.
Emergency legislation approved in a House committee Thursday gives seven children another year to use their Empowerment Scholarship Account out of state even though the law requires vouchers be used at Arizona schools.
The plight of the Navajo children rocketed to lawmakers’ attention when the school-choice advocacy group American Federation for Children released a video over the weekend. It showed parents blasting the Arizona Department of Education for letters demanding they repay the money illegally spent out of state.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says her staff discovered the vouchers were being used in New Mexico during a routine audit.
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