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Updated Apr 30, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs school voucher bill

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would help
expedite the approval process for parents of some students in the state school
voucher program.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1237 on Wednesday without a major component, which
was stripped out by an amendment last week.

That provision would have allowed the Arizona Department of Education to give
all students in the program 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.

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