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Arizona Lawmakers Approve Audit Of Education Department's Administration Of ESAs

Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:17pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 3:04pm
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Lawmakers have ordered an audit of the state Department of Education’s handling of the roughly $1.3 million available to administer the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has been accused by school voucher advocates of letting her politics get in the way of effectively running the program. But Hoffman — and her Republican predecessor Diane Douglas — have both pointed the finger back at state legislators, who Hoffman said have failed to sufficiently fund program oversight to begin with.

Whatever the case, auditors will be taking a look, or another look, at how the state’s money is being spent on ESA administration.

To talk about this issue, The Show reached out to ADE Policy Director Callie Kozlak.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Callie Kozlak's name and to correct the name of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

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