Arizona education groups sue over law that provide funds for students with disabilities

Sept. 28, 2011
Groups say law is unconstitutional because it could provide public funds to private or religious institutions

From Cronkite News: The Arizona School Boards Association and Arizona Education Association have sued to block a new law that provides publicly funded scholarships for children with disabilities to attend private schools. The groups contend that the law is unconstitutional because it provides public funds to private or religious institutions. The law allows parents to put 90 percent of state money allocated for a disabled child’s education into what amounts to a flexible-spending account that can be put toward private school or private education services such as speech or occupational therapy. The money also may be saved for college. The law revives key provisions of a state disability vouchers program struck down by a court in 2009.

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