Fla. House keeps pushing major voucher expansion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republicans in the Florida House are pushing ahead with a major expansion of a state-backed program that helps low-income children attend private schools.

Just last week it appeared that private school voucher legislation was dead for the 60-day session after the Senate sponsor withdrew his bill.

But on Friday a House committee voted along party lines for a revamped version intended to win support from Senate Republicans.

This time House Republicans included the expansion of the voucher program in a bill that also would expand a separate program that aids disabled children.

The Senate is advancing a similar bill to help parents of disabled children to get additional services.

A top official with the Florida Education Association said the House was being "disingenuous" by pairing the two proposals together.


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