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Rally for Vouchers

March 24th, 2010 by flanews

About 5-thousand private school students and teachers rallied at the capitol today asking lawmakers for more money for private school vouchers.

Most of these students use state-funded vouchers to help pay for their education. Millicent Demps, the principle of a private school in Pensacola, says without school vouchers her students couldnt afford to go to her school.

98 percent of our students are low-income. Theyre on free and reduced lunch. Their parents could not afford a choice to pay for their kids to go to a private school. So this gives them the opportunity to get a quality education in a smaller environment and guaranteed success, said Demps.

A new bill would increase the amount of funding for vouchers to just over 4 thousand dollars a student. The Senate passed the bill this morning, but the House still needs to vote on the measure.

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