The committee won’t meet again until November, and only has until Dec. 31 to publish its findings on whether the voucher program is running as intended as it expands.
The committee was established in May, but vacant seats and rescheduled meetings have delayed its first hearing. It has until Dec. 31 to release a report on the state's voucher program.
At current rates of growth, the program is expected to cost about $900 million—more than half of K-12 spending—but only serves 8% of all students in the state.
Horne threatened to pull funding from schools offering dual language programs for English language learners.
The Arizona state budget will roll out $15.5 million for dual enrollment tuition, with priority given to low-income students.
Should the legislation pass the US House and make its way to the President’s desk, it will almost certainly be vetoed.
The state budget provides nearly $400 million in additional education funding, but no spending limit on Arizona’s costly universal voucher program.
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