School Voucher Bill Heads to House for Debate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-  The push to provide more school vouchers in Arkansas took a step forward on Thursday.

 Programs with vouchers provide public money for students to attend private schools.

The bill being considered grants tax credits to individuals and corporations who donate money to nonprofits offering voucher scholarships. Opponents of the bill  argue it will draw students and state funding away from traditional public schools. 

"Do we want to open the store in further make it difficult through less resources for us to do an already difficult job," said Andrew Bagley, who is on the Helena-West Helena school board.

While supporters of the bill say it will give parents more choices in providing a quality education to their children.
 After passing a House committee, the bill will now head to the full House for further debate.

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