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Every public school student in Arizona gets chance at choice

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Furman University English graduate Jonathan Butcher, Class of 2000, writes an article in The Wall Street Journal about school choice in Arizona. Governor Doug Ducey recently signed a bill that will give every public school student in Arizona—1.2 million in all—an opportunity to apply to a program which allows parents who take children out of public schools to receive, in a private account, a portion of the funds that the state would have spent on their children’s education. Says Butcher, “Many families would like to send their children to private schools or home-school them, but they simply cannot afford to—especially since they are taxed to pay for public schools regardless. A program like Arizona’s allows these parents to make the best choice for their families, whether that means a religious school, a secular private school or home schooling.” Butcher is education director at the Goldwater Institute and senior fellow at the Beacon Center of Tennessee.


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