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Updated Oct 1, 2013 - 10:50 am

Constitutionality of Arizona voucher program upheld

PHOENIX — Another Arizona court has ruled that a state voucher program to
provide grants to parents of students with disabilities is constitutional.

The state Court of Appeals’ decision Tuesday upholds a trial judge’s 2012
ruling.

Both courts rejected opponents’ arguments that the program violates state
constitutional prohibitions on using public money to support religious or
private schools.

The courts also said it is constitutional because parents have discretion on
how to spend the money for education costs.

Permitted uses can include private school tuition, tutoring, required textbooks
and savings for college expenses.

Challengers included groups representing school district boards, teachers and
school business officials.

State lawyers and advocacy groups supported the program, which was created
under 2011 legislation.

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