Arizona

Aug 3, 2014 12:23 PM by Associated Press

Arizona scholarship program turning away more kids

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona education officials say hundreds of students failed to get into a state scholarship program because their families thought they would simply get a check.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports many applicants were wholly uninformed about the application process, according to program manager Aidan Fleming.

Fleming says families didn't realize they would have to pull their children out of public school and track spending for the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

Some nonprofits say the department failed to help those who weren't accepted.

They say the department never returned calls and didn't have translators for Spanish-speaking applicants.

More than 1,300 children have enrolled in the program for the 2014-15 school year.

The program provides 90 percent of basic state aid to children who leave regular public schools.

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