INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Statehouse negotiators appear close to agreeing on expanding the state's private school voucher program by making children who would attend poorly performing schools immediately eligible.
House and Senate education leaders said Wednesday the compromise being developed allows a smaller expansion than what the House approved earlier in the legislative session.
The current voucher law requires all students to spend at least one year in public schools before becoming eligible if their families meet income limits.
Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse of Auburn says the compromise would make students whose public school received a state performance grade of F immediately eligible.
The House-approved bill would have eliminated the one-year public school rule for children entering kindergarten anywhere in the state, after which they could remain a voucher student in private schools.
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