ARIZONA - Disabled children and those in foster care in Arizona will be eligible for private-school scholarships following action by state lawmakers this week, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.

The legislation was described as a "rescue plan" for students who had received help under a voucher system that later was ruled unconstitutional.

The Republic reported that the law expands the state's existing school tuition organization program, which grants a dollar-for-dollar credit against a corporation's taxes if the firm contributes to a private-school fund. The state will grant up to $5 million total in new credits, according to The Republic.

About 473 students were receiving assistance from the voucher program, the report said.

SOURCE:
The Arizona Republic, "School-tuition program OK'd after long debate," May 28, 2009

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Vouchers or Tuition Tax Credits: Which is the Better Choice for School Choice?" July 27, 2004

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