- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia’s Republican-led House of Delegates has approved a bill that would allow certain students to use public funding for private school tuition.

The bill was approved with a 53-46 vote on Tuesday. It would allow parents of students with disabilities to take a portion of their child’s share of state school funding and put it toward other educational expenses, like textbooks and tuition at a private school.

Republican Del. Dave LaRock’s bill initially sought to create “education savings accounts” for all students. But it was narrowed to apply only to students with disabilities amid opposition from the Virginia Education Association.

The bill states that expenses from the accounts would be audited and reviewed, but the VEA has said it’s concerned about the potential for the money to be misused.

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