Missouri bill would allow vouchers for private schools

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 7:10 a.m. CST; updated 9:47 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 16, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.

The proposal by Republican Jay Barnes of Jefferson City would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot. The school choice bill is HJR 10.

Barnes' measure would allow parents to get a state stipend to help pay for their child's education at a religious school or any other accredited school outside of their assigned district. The stipend would be equal to the amount of state and local funding a public school would have received for their child.

The proposed amendment would also let the government donate money or items to religious schools, but not real estate.


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Gene Schenberg February 17, 2011 | 9:36 a.m.

As a parent who chose private school for my child, I am very happy to see this bill. I am in favor of any bill that gives me the choice of where to spend my tax dollars for education. How can we as citizens help support this bill? Is there a petition or organized group we can get behind?

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