Vermont House debate touches on religious schools


MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House has rejected a measure to provide public funding for students in independent schools to participate in a dual enrollment program that allows high school students to enroll in some college courses.

By a vote of 74 to 67, the House voted down an amendment by Rep. Adam Greshin of Warren that would have allowed private school students to participate in the program.

That came after the House rejected a separate amendment that would have allowed public funding for dual enrollment students from religious schools.

Supporters of the amendment argued that the dual enrollment program was created to serve all Vermont students, and those at private and religious schools should not be excluded. Opponents said public funding should not go to private and religious school students.


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