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Miércoles 21 de Junio de 2006

Arizona Enacts New School Choice Programs

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It’s a historic day for children in Arizona. The state created two new school voucher programs and expanded an existing scholarship tax credit program to help thousands of low-income children. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, allowed the programs to become law without her signature.

The programs will help thousands of children have the opportunity to attend better schools. The corporate tax credit program will provide $10 million for scholarships for low-income public school students to transfer to private school. Funding for the program will increase annually until 2010 when $23 million willl be available for scholarships.

The voucher programs, each funded at $2.5 million annually, are targetted to help at-risk student groups. One program will provide scholarships for children in special education. The other will provide scholarship to foster care children. Arizona is the first state to create a school choice program for foster children.

Arizona already has the most expansive school choice climate in the country with hundreds of charter schools and a thriving scholarship tax credit program that helps more than 20,000 students annually. These new programs will help thosuands of more children and pave the way for future student-centered reforms.

To learn more about this historic school choice victory in Arizona, visit the Friedman Foundation.