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Pence signs Indiana voucher expansion bill

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:42 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law an expansion of Indiana's private school voucher program.

Pence went to Calvary Christian School on the south side of Indianapolis on Thursday to sign the plan approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that will make more children eligible for vouchers without first having to spend at least a year in public schools.

Those immediately eligible will include the siblings of current voucher students and children living in the attendance district of a public school that received a state performance grade of F.

Pence says Indiana students "deserve every opportunity to be successful."

Opponents say the voucher expansion will drain more money from public schools.

About 9,100 Indiana students are receiving vouchers in the second school year of one of the nation's largest voucher programs.