School voucher bill heads to Governor Brewer

PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has given final approval to a bill that would help expedite the approval process for parents of some students in the state school voucher program.

But the other major component of Senate Bill 1237 was stripped out by an amendment on Wednesday. That provision would have allowed the Arizona Department of Education to give all students in the program an extra funding that is meant for students who leave charter schools.

The Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program was created in 2011.

SB1237 allow parents of special needs children enrolled in the program to get verification from an independent contractor that would allow them to receive extra funding, instead of going through the school district the child previously attended. The bill passed 25-3 and now goes to the governor.

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