Arizona legislature's push to weaken public schools hits a snag

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Arizona Legislature ran into a pothole this afternoon in its march to dismantle Arizona's public schools.

The House rejected a bill that would dramatically expand the number of students eligible to get taxpayer funding to go to private schools.

Eight Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting a proposal to make 112,000 children living in lower income areas eligible for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

"I support parental choice …," said Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson, one of the Republicans who opposed the bill. "But I believe the parental choice starts with well-funded and well functioning public schools."

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