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  • Liberal Interest Groups 2, Arizona Children 0

    Yesterday, the teachers unions and the ACLU celebrated a victory: the Arizona State Supreme Court ruled that two school voucher programs serving special needs students and foster children were unconstitutional under state law. Of course, this victory for liberal interest groups is a big setback for some of the most at-risk children in Arizona.

    The Institute for Justice, which defended the program in court, highlighted the impact that this ruling could have on one family:

    One of those children will be Lexie Weck, a six-year-old little girl with autism, cerebral palsy and mild mental retardation who relies on the program for pupils with disabilities to attend the Chrysalis Academy, a small private school in Tempe that specializes in working with autistic children. Andrea Weck, Lexie’s single mom, was one of the parents who joined with the Institute to Justice to defend the program in Court.

    “The opportunity created by the scholarship program changed Lexie from the inside out,” Andrea Weck said. “While Lexie struggled to make any academic or social progress in public school, she has absolutely flourished at the Chrysalis Academy. I don’t know how I will ever be able to afford the tuition at Chrysalis, but I also don’t know how I could put her back in a public school and face the possibility of her regressing.

    To learn more about Lexie’s story, watch this video.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gGMfGnvrD4&feature=channel_page[/youtube]

    IJ and other supporters in Arizona are confident that this isn’t the end of the line for school choice in the Grand Canyon state. Importantly, the court’s decision didn’t affect the state’s two education tax credit programs, which help tens of thousands of children attend a school of their parents’ choice. Arizona lawmakers could find a way to help these children continue their education’s through these tax credit programs. Moving forward, Arizona policymakers should also look at amending the constitution to remove these restrictions.

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    3 Responses to Liberal Interest Groups 2, Arizona Children 0

    1. Terri Dewell, Bowers says:

      Prayers For Lexie, And All Special Needs Children! As an LPN I worked in a MRDD Facility in the Early 90's. I Pray for School Choice to Return! I Also Hear Home Schooling is next on The Obama Hit List!! Thank You, Heritage Foundation

    2. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      The problem that I see and this repeats often is that Republican law makers blow this thing up so that it embarrasses the Teachers' union. Drag them through mud saying that they are hurting kids that can not speak for themselves and that they want to prevent their poor families suffer even more. Arrange a big protest in front of the thug union places, if they exist. We never hear a public outrage at the other end of the spectrum. You can not win that battle through courts (usually leftist)or through silently protesting and hoping somebody would reverse it. When are we going to assert our rights as free people that will trump unions, governments or any other collectivist schemes?

    3. Kathy P., Tucson says:

      The mother in this article refers to the voucher as a "scholarship." I am all for scholarships, but let's not get our terminology mixed. I hope Lexie will get her scholarship to the Academy so that she can continue to learn. That scholarship should come from private donors or if it IS provided by the government, it should come out of a taxpayer-approved fund completely separated from the funding provided for public schools. As soon as we starve Peter to feed Paul, we are all in trouble. For centuries the Public School system has nourished the minds of ALL of America's children and made our futures bright. May it continue to do so.

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