Applications for school-voucher program soar - Tucson News Now

Applications for school-voucher program soar

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PHOENIX (AP) - An aggressive media campaign and expanded eligibility helped double the number of applicants for the state's school voucher program, which allows students to use public funds for a private education.
The number of applications received by the Arizona Department of Education this year for the 2014-2015 school year is 2,479, compared with last year's 1,100.
That's because legislators expanded the program last year to include children from schools that have received a poor grade from the state, and to those with active military parents. The program was created in 2011 for students with disabilities.
An advocate says the growth is also due to an aggressive media campaign and door-to-door canvassing.


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