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School voucher proposal approved by House

March 30, 2011

The Indiana House has approved a plan that would create the nation's most expansive school voucher program.

The GOP-led House voted 56-42 on Wednesday in favor of the bill that would use taxpayer money to help some parents move their children from public schools to private schools.

The program is based on an income scale, with families of four making up to about $60,000 a year qualifying. The program would be limited to 7,500 students for the first year and 15,000 in the second year.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said the proposal was aimed at providing more education opportunities for those without such choices today.

Democratic Rep. Matt Pierce of Bloomington argued that the vouchers would take money away from public schools without any evidence of improving education.

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