SB school board against expanding voucher program

The South Bend school board tonight voted unanimously to send a message that they are not in favor of expanding the school voucher program.

A bill before the general assembly would allow foster children and special education students to qualify for a voucher.

And kids would not have to spend two semesters in public school before qualifying.

Children of veterans with a certain income level, and kids who have a brother or sister already qualified to get a voucher, would also qualify if the bill passes.

The council's resolution now heads to the state.

More than 9,000 students in Indiana attend private schools with the help of public vouchers, costing the state $36 million dollars.

The proposed change could cost an additional $21 million.

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