Arizona

Apr 17, 2014 7:40 PM by Associated Press

Arizona House fails to expand school vouchers

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has failed to pass a major expansion of the state's school voucher program.

Members voted down House Bill 2291 on Thursday. The bill would have made eligible another 100,000 to 120,000 low-income students for the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. The program allows students to use taxpayer money for private school, tutoring and other education needs.

The bill would have allowed students from zip codes in which the average household income is 185 percent of the federal poverty level to enroll.

The program was created in 2011 for children with disabilities.

The Senate approved an identical bill on Wednesday.

The bill died with a 31-27 vote. Six Republicans voted against the bill.

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