PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has approved a major expansion of the state’s school voucher program.
All 16 Republicans backed the proposal on Monday.
The approval came over protests from minority Democrats, who called the bill a slap in the face of voters who rejected a slightly larger expansion just over two years ago.
Glendale Republican Sen. Paul Boyer's bill would make all children attending schools with a high percentage of low-income families or who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches eligible for the state’s voucher program.
The program allows parents to take state funding and pay for religious or other private education and education costs.