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Committee shuffle could make difference for Pa. school choice bill

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

A contentious proposal to let students use Pennsylvania funds to pay for private school is getting another chance to make it onto the state Senate floor.

Senate Bill 2 would create education savings accounts — a similar concept to private school vouchers — that would let students in the lowest-performing public schools use the money that the state would have spent on their education for alternative school options, as well as textbooks and other related expenses.

It failed to pass the Senate Education Committee in a tie vote in late October and is scheduled to be reconsidered Tuesday in the same committee.

One possible difference: Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), one of the only GOP lawmakers to vote against the bill in October, may be moving off the panel.

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