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Paul, Rubio join GOP push on school-choice bill

(WASHINGTON TIMES) A coalition of Republican senators, including rising stars such as Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, have joined forces to push a school voucher bill that’s sure to draw fierce opposition from the White House and congressional Democrats.

The legislation, introduced by Mr. Paul and veteran GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee on Thursday, would allow more than $14 billion in federal Title 1 dollars to follow students to the school of their choice, whether it be a public, charter or private institution.

Up to $1,300 in Title 1 money, funneled from the federal government to more than half of the nation’s schools and earmarked for low-income children, would be available for 11 million students across the nation.