Protesters upset about school vouchers for all hit the streets

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) -

A proposal that would qualify all Arizona students for school vouchers is meeting some stiff opposition.

Parents concerned the bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko, of Peoria, wasn’t giving them the time they deserve took their opposition to the streets on Monday.

"She won’t listen to us in the Capitol, she won’t listen to us on the request to speak system through the azleg.gov, so we brought it to the streets," Sharon Karsch said.

Under the "Empowerment Scholarship Account" program, parents get most of the state tax dollars their local public school would receive and can spend it on private or religious schools, home schooling or tutoring.

That’s a big issue for some parents.

"”It just takes money out of our district school and neighborhood schools and we have such a crisis," Karsch said.

Opponent, like Karsch, argue the program siphons money from public schools attended by 85 percent of Arizona children, that private schools don't have to enroll students they believe are more costly or difficult to teach and that the program lacks accountability.

An Arizona Senate panel advanced legislation late last week that would expand the state's private-school voucher program to all 1.1 million public school students in the state by 2020.

The bill now heads to the full Senate. Identical legislation has been introduced in the House, meaning it could quickly head to Gov. Doug Ducey's desk if approved by both chambers.

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Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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