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SCHOOL LEGISLATION: Whitko weighs positive, negative bills

January 25, 2013

PIERCETON — Good news was mixed with some hesitation at Monday’s meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

Superintedent Steve Clason gave board members an update on specific legislation that would have an affect on WCSC.

A bill proposing to fully fund all day kindergarten is currently on the table. Clason said this would be a bonus for the school system. Preschool funding is another positive bill on the state’s desk.

One particular piece of legislation on Clason’s radar is one pertaining to school vouchers.

A move to expand the state’s voucher program was postponed for a second week Wednesday.

Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, wants to allow siblings of voucher students to also receive vouchers without first having to attend public school. However, they would still have to meet income eligibility requirements.

Gov. Mike Pence is charging ahead on an even larger expansion. He would like to eliminate the public school requirement all together. This would allow current private school students, whose family income meets requirements, to receive a state-paid voucher.

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