BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to funnel state dollars into a program that would send some New Orleans students to private schools will get a debate in the full Senate after narrowly passing another legislative hurdle Friday.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-4 for the voucher program, the final approval needed to send the bill to the Senate floor. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, already has approval from the House.
Supporters said the program would give students in failing schools in New Orleans the ability to get a better education and a better quality of life. Opponents said it would siphon dollars away from public schools and undercut school reform efforts under way in the city.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Gov Jindal pushes vouchers for poor NO parents
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