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Expanded school voucher system approved by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on an expansion of a school voucher program that lets students use public funds to attend a private school.

The program established in 2011 was also expanded last year. Only students with a disability, whose parents are in the military or who attend very low-performing schools qualify.

Senate Bill 1363 adds kindergartners and increases funding for all students who qualify for the so-called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. The program is being challenged in court.

Just 130 students got the vouchers in 2012 but with the expansions thousands more could qualify. The new law limits growth to 5,400 new students a year following Brewer's approval Thursday. That growth cap will expire in six years.

The legality of the voucher program is being challenged in court.

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