Senate Education Committee Limits Voucher Expansion

The committee changed the bill so students are still required to attend one year of public school before being eligible for a voucher.

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A student writes bibliography information on a notecard. Ninth graders in Melinda Bundy's English class are researching John F. Kennedy's presidency.

The Senate Education Committee curtailed on Wednesday legislation expanding the state’s school voucher program.

The bill passed by the Senate Education Committee now requires a student to attend kindergarten in a public school before receiving a voucher unless the public school a student would attend received a failing grade from the state. In that case the child can receive the voucher without going to public school first.

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says voucher expansion, prior to his amendment, would have increased the cost of the voucher program by nearly eight million dollars every year. He says the change will help rein in that cost.

House Education Committee Chair Bob Behning, the bill’s author, says while some positive aspects of the bill remain, there are issues that need to be worked out.

“A lot of the language that he deleted was the governor’s language so we’ll have to see where the governor is and how passionate he is and whether he can convince people that his will should prevail,” he says.

Behning says he cannot say whether the bill will have to go to conference committee if it passes the Senate to work out differences between the two houses.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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