TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A substantial expansion of one of Florida's private school voucher programs is advancing in the state Legislature.
A House panel on Thursday voted for a bill that would increase which students would be eligible for the program, as well as make more money available for the private schools that accept the vouchers. The changes could make vouchers available to middle income families in the state.
The vote for the bill was split along party lines.
Republicans said they want to give more families a chance to choose which schools they want to send their children. But Democrats questioned the scope of the expansion and whether it would come at the expense of public schools.
Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, insisted that the bill helps public education because "the kids are public."
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