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STATE’S VOUCHER-STYLE BILL VERSION RESTORES FUNDS FOR HOMESCHOOLING

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A proposal by Governor Bill Lee would restore funds for homeschooling families, sources say. The voucher-style school-choice initiative made it through a Senate panel Wednesday and now must survive House and Senate committees.

The version the Senate approved doubles the cap on education savings accounts to 30,000 students. But it kept a provision that would require families to provide a birth certificate, driver’s license or other approved government documentation for children participating in the plan.

That part of the plan has drawn criticism because states are not permitted to deny free public education based on immigration status.

Under the proposal advanced by Lee, parents whose income falls below the federal poverty level could receive up to $7,300 in state funds if their children are students in certain low-performing school districts. The initiative is expected to cost the state $125 million over five years.

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