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Expanding Vouchers

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The Indiana House Education Committee approved an expansion of the Republican-backed school voucher system. The measure would remove a one-year waiting period students have to spend in public school before qualifying for a voucher and qualify wealthier families for the program in certain cases.

In some cases, it would allow a family of four earning up to roughly $128,000 to qualify for a batch of vouchers which cover 50 percent of the cost of schooling. The measure now goes to the full House of Representatives.

Gov. Mike Pence has announced that he supports the bill.

 Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, argues that raising the cap on each voucher from $4,500 to $6,500 could turn into a giveaway for private schools that charge any less than the new limit. Republicans say that there are safe guards to prevent that.

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