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Voucher update

If you're trying to keep track of what's going on in the world of vouchers in Tallahassee, keep your eyes on HB 7145. The Senate dropped its main bill on the subject in favor of this House version, voting 26-13 earlier today to adopt an amended version and then sent back to the House for final concurrence. The House approved the legislation by a wide margin on Monday. The bill expands the Corporate Income Tax Credit and McKay scholarship programs to more students than they currently serve. The wording of the bill goes to great pains to talk about choices and opportunities, good things in the abstract, no doubt. But there's much debate over whether the GOP-dominated Legislature is trying to make an end-run around the state Supreme Court's ruling that found the past voucher program unconstitutional. Here's the AP short story on the issue. Session ends tomorrow. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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