Arizona superintendent criticized for promoting private schools

Friday, February 14, 2014

Social media was abuzz Wednesday over the revelation that John Huppenthal, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, made an automated call to families promoting a program that uses taxpayer dollars to send kids to private school.

Huppenthal’s call, which went out to about 15,000 homes in Phoenix and Tucson, gave information about Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account, in which families can apply for money from the state to spend on private school tuition.

The program is open to special-education students, children in foster care or whose families serve in the military, and children who attend public schools that received a “D” or “F” grade from the state Department of Education.

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