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Wis. Republicans refuse to take up voucher limits

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans have refused to take up a bill that would limit Wisconsin's divisive school voucher program after Democrats tried to force a vote.

The voucher program subsidizes private education for students in struggling districts. Republicans included language in the state budget that created new criteria for joining the program, enabling districts in Milwaukee County and Racine to join the program.

Voucher opponents are concerned the language could allow students across the state to join the program. Senate Republicans passed a bill this past fall that would require legislative approval for further expansion. But the measure has languished in the Assembly. GOP leaders say they're not sure they have the votes to pass it.

Minority Democrats on Thursday moved to bring up the bill, but Republicans rejected the attempt.

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