Republican Arizona lawmakers on Thursday dramatically expanded a school voucher program by extending eligibility to all 1.1 million state schoolchildren despite vehement opposition from Democrats who believe it will undercut public education and cost taxpayers untold millions of dollars.
It now heads to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who tweeted that he expected to sign the measure Thursday night.
"When parents have more choices, kids win," his tweet said.
The proposal that had languished for weeks reappeared after a Republican Senate opponent negotiated a growth cap he called permanent but Democrats said could be swept away with a single vote. The deal cleared the way for his support and the measure's Senate passage.