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.
The state budget provides nearly $400 million in additional education funding, but no spending limit on Arizona’s costly universal voucher program.
The Copper Courier has compiled a list of the biggest budget items that could impact your day-to-day life.
The budget includes a $150 million investment in the Housing Trust Fund, which would help develop and preserve affordable housing across the state.
More than $200 million in state funds is expected to be transferred out of Arizona's public school system through the state's newly-expanded voucher program.
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