Transfer provides money for Ariz. school vouchers

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PHOENIX -- Arizona officials are going to use $5 million appropriated for state public education funding to pay for private school vouchers for disabled and foster children.

Programs launched last year

State accountants transferred the money from the Department of Education's basic state aid account to an operating account so Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne can use it to fund the two voucher programs.

Those programs were launched last year and provided grants to hundreds of students, but no money was included for them in the new state budget.

Horne and House Speaker Jim Weiers have fought to find an alternative funding source, and a legislative oversight committee's endorsement allowed the transfer.

The voucher programs' legality is being challenged in court.

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