- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has approved a bill allowing children living on Indian reservations to qualify 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 failed in the House last week but it passed on a 31-28 vote Wednesday. The proposal now returns to the Senate because of an amendment added in the House.

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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