INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana House gave its approval to an expansion of the school voucher program Friday night. It's a smaller expansion than what the House first considered.
The vote was relatively close, however, 55-to-44 for the measure that will, for the first time, permit some students to get vouchers to attend private school without first attending a public school. It will also increase the income level for families to qualify, and it will give new eligibility to students in failing schools.
Opponents say it will hurt public schools.
"We're letting schools choose kids," said Rep. Kreg Battles (D-Vincennes,) "and not kids choose schools."
"What incentive is this for IPS?" asked Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis.) "Why would IPS fix up a failing school? They won't get the kids back. What's the incentive for IPS to improve? There is none."
The state Senate must still vote on the voucher bill but passage is expected there.
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