- Associated Press - Thursday, May 23, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on legislation allowing Navajo Nation children to attend a private New Mexico school using state vouchers (all times local):

6 p.m.

The Arizona House has given preliminary approval to a bill allowing a handful of Navajo Nation children to continue using school vouchers at a Christian school in New Mexico.

The House advanced the emergency legislation in a voice vote on Thursday, setting up formal approval that could come at any time. The Senate is also preparing to debate the measure.

The legislation gives seven children another year to use their Empowerment Scholarship Account out of state even though state law requires the vouchers to be used at Arizona schools.



Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says the legislation will allow the children to stay another year in their school without expanding the voucher program.

The school-choice advocacy group American Federation for Children called the children victims of an overbearing government.

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3:40 p.m.

Arizona lawmakers are moving to allow a handful of children from the Navajo reservation to continue using school vouchers at a Christian school in New Mexico.

Emergency legislation approved in a House committee Thursday gives seven children another year to use their Empowerment Scholarship Account out of state even though the law requires vouchers be used at Arizona schools.

The plight of the Navajo children rocketed to lawmakers’ attention when the school-choice advocacy group American Federation for Children released a video over the weekend. It showed parents blasting the Arizona Department of Education for letters demanding they repay the money illegally spent out of state.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says her staff discovered the vouchers were being used in New Mexico during a routine audit.

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