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Top teachers vent over Ducey signing voucher bill

Five current and former teachers of the year delivered a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey on April 10 detailing their disappointment with his signing of a voucher expansion law. From left to right: Beth Maloney, John-David Bowman, Nancie Lindblom, Christine Marsh and Michelle Doherty.

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

Five current and former Arizona teachers of the year told Gov. Doug Ducey today that they feel betrayed after he signed an expansion of vouchers last week.

Ducey signed a bill Thursday that will expand Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, which allow children to use money that ordinarily would have been spent on them in public schools to attend private schools.

The new law is the broadest expansion of a voucher program nationwide. Until last week, ESAs were only largely available to students who are disabled or attend failing schools.

Now, any public school student will be eligible for a voucher, though the program is capped at about 30,000 vouchers until 2021.

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