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LC School officials to lobby against voucher bill

Updated: March 29, 2013 4:00PM



ST. JOHN — Several Lake Central School Corp. officials will travel to Indianapolis on Tuesday to rally against a House Bill 1003, which would expand the state’s voucher program.

Superintendent Larry Veracco, school board president George Baranowski and others will make the trip to talk with legislators about an expansion that would siphon more money away from public education.

Special needs students, children of veterans, foster children, siblings of private school students and kindergarteners — whose families make $85,000 or less — can bypass the requirement of spending at least one year in a public achool before becoming eligible.

So far, the program has served 9,135 students around the state.

The expansion will cost at least $21 million, Veracco said, and increase the voucher amount from $4,500 to $5,500 per student. That’s more than the $4,793 Lake Central receives from the state currently.

Veracco said Republicans in the General Assembly have made the expansion a priority.

“We believe there’s a silent majority out there that agrees that we shouldn’t take one-sixth of the new money for public K-12 education and give it to private K-12 education,” Veracco said.



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