As advocates of constitutionally permissible aid to empower parents to choose the best education for their children, we at the Orthodox Union are very pleased to see that the Arizona legislature has chosen to approve this tax-credit program thereby benefiting disadvantaged students across the state.
The Arizona Republic reports –
Lawmakers on Wednesday approved a scholarship program for disadvantaged students, but only after a lengthy and, at times, bitter debate that broke along partisan lines.
The legislation converts a voucher program that was declared unconstitutional into a tax-credit program that will redirect up to $5 million in tax dollars to private-school scholarships for disabled children and those in foster care.
It also touched off a spirited debate over legislative priorities at a time when the state is trying to battle a $3 billion deficit, as well as reviving the long-running debate over school choice.
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