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Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston speaks with reporters on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. 

INDIANAPOLIS — More than one-third of the proposed state funding hike for Indiana schools could go toward the state's private school voucher program under a Republican-backed plan that could boost the program's cost by nearly 50% over the next two years.

The estimated $144 million cost for the voucher expansion and a new program allowing parents to directly spend state money on their child's education expenses is included in legislative budget projections — but is more than double what House Republicans discussed in releasing their state budget plan last week.

Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues.

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Joe King

Well of course the republicans want to defund the public schools...that's socialism at its worst.... It just baffles me when people want more money for social workers and other groups to help crime and poverty, the say they are "defunding the police"...but when they do it, they call it a different name. Wake up them out. They are not out working for the people....

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