Arizona Union Joins fight Against Utah Vouchers

Arizona Union Joins fight Against Utah Vouchers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Arizona's largest teachers' union is joining the fight inside Utah to kill the nation's broadest school voucher program.

It is asking volunteers to participate in a telephone tree and speak to Utah voters ahead of a November 6th referendum.

Utah's Republican-controlled Legislature created a voucher program earlier this year that gives parents $500 to $3,000 per child, depending on income, to use on tuition at a private school.

Unlike voucher programs in other states, even affluent families in well-performing districts qualify for the program.

Voucher proponents say the program gives parents a choice in which schools their children can attend.

Both sides have been pouring millions of dollars donated by out-of-state organizations into the debate. Each side believes that if the voucher program is upheld in Utah, it will quickly spread to other states.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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