Voucher program opens up for more students - Tucson News Now

Voucher program opens up for more students

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One out of five Arizona students in public school is now able to apply for public money to attend private school through a newly expanded state program. 

School districts like TUSD could be seeing applications come in. 

A recent change in state law extends the program to kids at Arizona's lowest performing public schools, before the money was only available to disabled students. 

This is how the program empowerment scholarship accounts work.  Parents receive a debit card from the state preloaded with money to pay educational expenses like private school tuition. 

Students can apply for the scholarship if their schools receive a ‘D' or ‘F' letter grade from the state. 

Each student can get about $3,000 to $500 for the 2013-2014 school year.

Arizona children who have parents in the military or are in foster care can also apply for the scholarships. 

Parents looking for other school options are excited about this but public education groups are already suing the state over the program, stating the program takes money away from public schools and gives it to private schools.

Tucson News Now is checking with how this is affecting local school districts, with the recent holidays, the districts won't have information on this until the school year starts up again.  Check with Tucson News Now both on air and online for updates.

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