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School Vouchers Bill Passes Indiana House

3/31/2011

The Indiana House of Representatives passed the School Vouchers bill by a vote of 56-41 Wednesday night.

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The bill would create a school voucher system which would use taxpayer money to help Indiana parents send their children to private schools.  A family of four making up to $81,000 per year would be eligible to receive voucher money.

Supporters of the bill, including Representative David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) say the bill would save money for the state.  They also say it will help parents find the right schools for their children.

Opponents of the bill say it takes money away from public schools.

Shortly after the bill was passed, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett released a statement saying, "This bold move is a critical piece of our comprehensive efforts to transform the current culture in our schools.  I hope today's action is a positive indication of even more good things to come for Indiana's students."

The bill now goes to the Senate for further discussion.
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