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Former head of AZ school voucher program implicated in data breach

Christine Accurso, the former head of Arizona’s school voucher program, has been implicated in a cyber incident report from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.

This comes a week after Accurso resigned from her role at the Arizona Department of Education.

When Accurso stepped down, she said she’d taken the position to clean up the voucher program. Claiming she’d succeeded, Accurso said she was moving on.

But soon after that resignation, Gov. Katie Hobbs called attention to a data breach at ClassWallet, the company responsible for the financial administration of the voucher program.

On Friday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne said Accurso’s resignation had nothing to do with the breach.

But following the release of the Homeland Security incident report that placed the blame on a former education department employee, Horne told KJZZ News the breach was tied to Accurso’s laptop.

Accurso could not be reached for comment.

Senior field correspondent Bridget Dowd has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.