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School Voucher Bill Up For Vote In Pa. Senate

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A bill that would create a school tuition voucher program in Pennsylvania is headed to the Senate floor for a vote, likely this week.

With the state Senate on the verge of a school voucher vote, opponents Monday trotted out a March poll by Terry Madonna Opinion Research showing Pennsylvanians oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to fund tuition for private schools.

David Davare, with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, said, “PSBA continues to argue that taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers are unaccountable, unpopular, unproven, unaffordable and unconstitutional.”

But Senate Republican Jeffrey Piccola, the sponsor of the voucher bill, dismissed the poll, saying he’s seen other surveys showing support for vouchers, “I don’t know what the poll said; I didn’t see it, but I don’t believe it.”

The Senate could vote on the voucher bill as soon as today.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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