School Voucher Bill

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State senators killed a plan for broad school vouchers after Republicans said it would be too expensive for counties.

Senate Bill One died on a 25-to-10 vote. The plan was one of several school voucher bills introduced this session.

Gov. Owens will sign a narrower pilot plan into law next week. It will allow public schools to pay private or religious schools to educate low-income children.

The new law will apply to children in kindergarten through 12th grade who are eligible for free or reduced-cost school lunches.

It also allows a school district to provide vouchers to qualifying children if at least eight of its schools receive low or unsatisfactory academic performance ratings.