A new Arizona law allows any of the state’s 1.1 million students to pay for private schools using tax dollars set aside for the state education budget.
Officials are scrambling to figure out how to afford meals for students at a time when inflation nationwide is running at the highest level in decades.
The new directive requires any agency or program that receives funding from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service—such as public schools— to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
While students without a bachelor’s degree can teach in certain situations, they must be supervised by a certified teacher and cannot be the teacher on record for the classroom.
The vouchers provide families with about $7,000 annually to fund private education, but the average cost of private school tuition in Arizona is $12,650.
The bill—the first of its kind in nearly three decades—was announced days after the House passed a package of additional gun reforms that are popular with a majority of Americans.
Cleaner school buses are coming to Arizona thanks to new funding, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last month.
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