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Arizona Slot Revenues Help Schools

9 February 2004

ARIZONA – As reported by the Arizona Republic: "When you drop a quarter into an Arizona slot machine, money trickles into Tempe's Bustoz Elementary School, where reading coach Jane Clevenger can spend a few more hours helping children write sentences.

"…The money is from a proposition voters approved in November 2002 that allowed tribes to offer Las Vegas-style blackjack and add slot machines. In return, casinos send a percentage of money from gaming machines to the state Department of Education four times a year.

"Arizona tribes have made three payments totaling about $9.15 million.

"Tribes gave their third contribution for schools, about $3.12 million, to the state late last month. The money goes to all public schools, including charters and juvenile corrections centers.

"…Up to half of schools' money may go to boosting teachers' salaries or reducing class size. The other half can go to dropout prevention or programs to improve instruction, such as reading classes…"

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