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Auditors call for strengthened oversight of voucher program

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State auditors say the Arizona Department of Education is already taking steps to ensure that dollars provided parents under a school voucher program are not misspent but should strengthen its oversight.

The Empowerment Scholarship program created in 2011 allows spending of tax dollars for some students who donai??i??t attend private schools.

The Auditor Generalai??i??s Office says the department tries to prevent transactions with merchants whose goods and services arenai??i??t related to education and already works to thwart cash withdrawals from accounts. The officeai??i??s recommendation includes that the department set criteria for assessing risks of misspending and create fraud reporting systems such as a hotline or website.

The departmentai??i??s response says it generally agrees with the auditorsai??i?? recommendations and that the recommendations largely track efforts already underway.

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  1. We also need to know how these for profit charters are using our taxpayer dollars. The fact is that they do not have the same reporting or accountability requirements that our public schools have.

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