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School Voucher Bill Passes Senate

A Republican education reform package is a step closer to completion after a school vouchers bill passed the state Senate Thursday.

The vouchers program offers scholarships to families wanting to send their child to a non-public school. The state would offer 7,500 scholarships in the first year and 15,000 the second, and can only be used by families who earn around $60,000 a year or less. Bill sponsor Dennis Kruse says parents and children deserve more choices in education.

I think it’s healthy,” he says, “for the public school system to have choices and also to have some competition.”

But Evansville Senator Vaneta Becker says the vouchers bill would harm traditional education.

“It will go a long way,” she says, “in destroying public schools in the state of Indiana.”

Becker says the income eligibility level is too high, and if the vouchers were actually going to families who needed them, she might be able to support the legislation.

The bill now moves to the House for confirmation.

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