Indiana state senators have endorsed an education bill knocked by critics because it eases accountability standards for the state's private schools that accept vouchers.
The bill by Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, creates a way for private schools to immediately begin accepting vouchers and allows the state Board of Education to grant poorly performing schools a delay in consequences.
Under current law, if a private school receives a "D'' or "F'' state rating for two consecutive years, it can't accept new voucher students until its rating improves. The state board could delay that consequence for one year under the bill if a school shows a majority of students improved academically.
Supporters say public and charter schools can already make such appeals.
The Senate voted 36-12 to support the changes Tuesday.