Legislature approves bill making all reservation students qualify for school vouchers



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PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature has approved a bill that makes all children living on Indian reservations qualified for private school vouchers.

Senate Bill 1332 is designed to give children on reservations more school choice. It is backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a social-conservative group that is a powerful lobbying voice at the Capitol.

The bill passed the House on a 31-28 vote Wednesday. The Senate approved the House changes by a 20-10 vote on Thursday. The proposal now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey's desk for action.

Voucher expansion opponents argue they take money from public schools already facing tight budgets because of low state funding.

Democratic Sen. Carlyle Begay of Ganado sponsored the bill. He was deciding Senate vote on the state budget backed by Ducey.

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