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Senate passes bill to allow parents school choice

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill that would allow parents to send their children to the schools nearest their homes has passed the Senate.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Dan Seum of Louisville, passed Tuesday by a partisan vote of 21-15. It's the third year Seum has proposed the legislation.

Seum said after the vote that the bill's chances aren't good in the House.

Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville spoke against the bill and offered three floor amendments seen by supporters as "unfriendly" measures to kill the bill. One, however, did pass 35-3. It would make the measure apply to all school districts rather than Jefferson County only.

Neal said the measure could amount to resegregating Jefferson County's schools, but Seum said it would not.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 9.


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