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The Latest: Navajo school voucher fix goes to governor

May 25, 2019
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, Kathy Hoffman, a Democratic superintendent of public education, poses for a portrait in Phoenix. 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, May 23, 2019, gives seven children another year to use their Empowerment Scholarship Account for private-school tuition in another state, though the law requires vouchers be used at Arizona schools. Hoffman said the legislation is a good compromise that gives the affected families time to figure out their next steps while respecting the will of voters, who voted last year to reject an expansion of the voucher program. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, Kathy Hoffman, a Democratic superintendent of public education, poses for a portrait in Phoenix. 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, May 23, 2019, gives seven children another year to use their Empowerment Scholarship Account for private-school tuition in another state, though the law requires vouchers be used at Arizona schools. Hoffman said the legislation is a good compromise that gives the affected families time to figure out their next steps while respecting the will of voters, who voted last year to reject an expansion of the voucher program. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on legislation designed to allow several Navajo children in Arizona to use school vouchers in New Mexico (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Legislation giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for tuition at a private New Mexico school is headed to Gov. Doug Ducey.

The House and Senate approved the legislation without opposition on Friday.

The proposal sidesteps a law requiring vouchers to be used at Arizona schools after the Department of Education discovered seven children were using vouchers out of state. Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says the legislation will give the families another year to figure out their next steps without expanding the voucher program.

Lawmakers crafted legislation to help the children after a school-choice advocacy group released a video last weekend. It showed parents blasting the Education Department for letters demanding they repay the money illegally spent out of state.

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7:40 a.m.

The Arizona House has unanimously approved emergency legislation giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for tuition at a private New Mexico Christian school.

The Senate is expected to act soon on the bipartisan legislation approved on a 60-0 House vote in a session that ended at 2 a.m. Friday

The proposal sidesteps a law requiring vouchers to be used at Arizona schools after the Department of Education discovered the vouchers were being used out of state.

The plight of the seven 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 Education Department for letters demanding they repay the money illegally spent out of state.

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12:01 a.m.

Arizona lawmakers are nearing a vote on emergency legislation to give a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for private school tuition in New Mexico.

The House and Senate could vote as soon as Friday. The bipartisan legislation would sidestep a law requiring the vouchers to be used at Arizona schools after the Department of Education discovered the vouchers were being used out of state.

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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