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School Voucher Bill Up For Vote In Pa. Senate

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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  • Kozmo

    People who are vehemently opposed to school vouchers are motivated by secret agendas such as the teachers union demented mindset that vouchers will somehow take away their jobs or anti religious groups paranoid thinking that vouchers will eventually create a bunch of piece, loving, charitable and forgiving children. To the former: The system is broken throughout and we need a fundamental change that will begin to cause more rebuilding. The entire system needs a new structure that will answer the needs of all kids. To the latter: — Don’t worry my friends. Enrollment in most religions activities has been declining for quite sometime. Moreover, a little Jesus is not going to hurt anyone ! We’ve come a long way since the crusades when it comes to religion

    • rn

      It not broken in Chester County,Bucks ,Montgomery etc-its only broken where society has fallen apart-big surprise.vouchers are a smokescreen to prop up religious schools.Piccolla”I didn’t see the poll and I don’t believe it” I wonder who has the agenda?

  • Esther

    I sent my child to Catholic school. Yes it was my choice, however I had no choice but to continue to pay for public school through my taxes. How come I didn’t get to stop paying for public school since I chose the private school path? No one seemed to have a problem with that, other than me. Those who choose to utilize the private school system should not have to pay taxes for public schools. It should work the same way. If I shouldn’t ask taxpayers to pay my tuition, then I shouldn’t be asked to pay for public school.

  • Barry

    He didn’t see the poll but doesn’t believe it?

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