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Constitutionality of Arizona voucher program upheld

PHOENIX -- Another Arizona court has ruled that a state voucher program to provide grants to parents of students with disabilities is constitutional.

The state Court of Appeals' decision Tuesday upholds a trial judge's 2012 ruling.

Both courts rejected opponents' arguments that the program violates state constitutional prohibitions on using public money to support religious or private schools.

The courts also said it is constitutional because parents have discretion on how to spend the money for education costs.

Permitted uses can include private school tuition, tutoring, required textbooks and savings for college expenses.

Challengers included groups representing school district boards, teachers and school business officials.

State lawyers and advocacy groups supported the program, which was created under 2011 legislation.

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