Private school vouchers would be made available to special education students under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
The Republican-backed measure passed 55-39 Tuesday. It must also pass the Senate this week or it will die for the year.
The bill would make $13,500 available to students with disabilities to use to attend a private or religious school of their choice.
Supporters say the change would help give children with disabilities the freedom to send their children to private school if they feel they aren't getting services they need in public schools.
But Democratic opponents point out that disability rights groups oppose the measure. Democrats argue the measure is part of a national agenda to take $80 million away from public schools to bolster private education.
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