- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Grandparents who are primary caregivers of their grandchildren will be able to use the state’s school voucher program under a bill approved by a House committee.

House Bill 2174 is designed to apply to only a small number of grandchildren, although an estimate of how many might qualify isn’t available.

Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley says he proposed the bill after a grandparent in his district approached him because a grandchild in their care didn’t qualify for a private school voucher.

The education committee approved the bill on a 4-3 vote Wednesday after removing a provision making only low-income students eligible.

The Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program began in 2011 and was aimed at children with disabilities. Legislators have expanded the program repeatedly in the past two years.

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