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DOWNTOWN | Senate tables school voucher expansion bill

7:16 AM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A bill revived from last session that would expand Georgia's school voucher program to include military families and foster care children has been tabled by GOP lawmakers in the waning hours of Crossover Day.

Senate Bill 87 would use taxpayer money to give students the option of attending the school of their choice, including private schools. GOP leaders have tried for years to expand the voucher program with little success. Opponents say vouchers take funding away from cash-starved public school districts.

The bill needed to pass Wednesday, known as Crossover Day, for it to remain alive. Legislation must pass at least one chamber of the Legislature by the 30th day of the session.

(Associated Press)

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