Wednesday, March 7, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) -- GOP leaders have revived a bill that would expand Georgia's school voucher program to include military families and foster care children.
Senate Bill 87 would use taxpayer money to give students the option of attending the school of their choice, including private schools.
GOP leaders have tried for years to expand the voucher program with little success. Opponents say vouchers take funding away from cash-starved public school districts.
The bill must pass Wednesday, known as Crossover Day, for it to remain alive. Legislation must pass at least one chamber of the Legislature by the 30th day of the session.
The bill is part of a crowded calendar for the Senate, which will also hear a constitutional amendment that allows the state to create charter schools.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)