House narrowly advances school choice bill in ‘voucher bill showdown’

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The Kansas House on Tuesday narrowly advanced a bill allowing Kansas schoolchildren to use state aid to attend private schools, a measure criticized for a lack of a clear cost and its potential for draining funding from public education.

Democrats vigorously fought the bill during a debate lasting more than three hours that one lawmaker portrayed as a "voucher bill showdown." In the end, the bill won first-round approval 61-59 with a final vote set for Wednesday. It will need 63 votes for final passage.

Opponents of the bill decried that it was . . .


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