(EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE) — A veteran lawmaker wants voters to carve an exception into the Arizona Constitution to allow state aid to private and parochial schools.

Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, said he believes students who have been in foster care or are disabled should be able to attend schools that may suit their needs better than the regular state-funded system. Lawmakers have previously approved such vouchers but they were declared illegal.

But Harper’s plan also would require the state to provide $5,500 vouchers to pay tuition at private or parochial schools to students in any school where class size exceeds 35.

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