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Voucher news in NH and the Senate

June 18, 2013

In two very good pieces of news:

Senate Committee votes down voucher plan.

Yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committeewas considering amendments to S. 1094, the “Strengthening America’s Schools Act,” which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C) introduced an amendment that would have allowed states to turn their Title I funds into giant voucher programs. It would have permitted any child whose income threshold qualifies his or her public school to receive Title I funds to take the allotment and use it toward tuition at religious and other private schools.

The amendment failed, 8-14.

In the other piece of good news, a tuition tax-credit program has been found to violate the New Hampshire Constitution, and church/state separation:

Ruling in favor of the three civil liberties groups, the Strafford County, N.H., Superior Court held that the state’s Education Tax Credit Program is unconstitutional because it diverts tax payments to religious schools.

The AU’s position is that diverting public taxpayer money to religious education is unconstitutional.

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