Thursday, April 06, 2017

Rep. Rios Responds to Republican effort to expand vouchers and drain more money from public schools

Republicans voted to expand the Arizona school voucher scheme, which shifts public dollars away from public schools and toward private schools.  Following reports of little oversight of the voucher program and more than $100,000 of misspent public money, a new analysis confirms that vouchers aren't really helping the students they were purportedly designed to help.

Republicans claim that vouchers provide resources for students from financially disadvantaged families to attend better schools. The truth is more than 75 percent of money that is being drained from public school districts with "A" or "B" ratings, according to a new report.  And many of the people using the vouchers live in rich neighborhoods.  

House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), outlines next steps after Republicans passed "shameful" voucher expansion bill. 

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