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Education chief: Voucher students to get more cash

Arizona's top education official says he'll start paying parents of all students in the state's voucher program the higher amount of money students who leave charters schools now receive.

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Friday that his interpretation of state law concluded that students who leave regular public schools for the state's voucher program should get the same amount to be fair.

The issue was contentious for the Legislature in the just-completed session after Huppenthal said he already was providing extra money for all students. Last month his office said it had not been paid. A bill giving Huppenthal authority to pay all students the same was stripped of that provision.

Students who leave public schools and take private school vouchers get 90 percent of the state funding.

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