05/25/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Public Schools: Voucher Program Approved By Senate For City's Worst Schools

SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate today approved legislation creating a small-scale voucher program that would provide money for 22,000 students at the worst-performing Chicago Public Schools to attend private schools.

The students would get a voucher equivalent to the minimum amount of money the state requires districts to spend on each child. The vouchers would be part of a test program and could be used toward expenses at any private school in Chicago that is willing to participate in the program.

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