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11pm School Bills Signed and Vetoed 03.24.2021

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11pm School Bills Signed and Vetoed 03.24.2021
11pm School Bills Signed and Vetoed 03.24.2021

SEVERAL BILLS WERE EITHER SIGNED OR VETOED BY GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR, ONE OF THEM BEING BILL 563

For veronica jean seltzer.

And tom kenny.

In our top story at 11... several bills were either signed or vetoed by governor andy beshear...one of them being bill 563, which is also known as the school choice bill..a controversial piece of legislation that would've given families the choice to pick a school that fits them best.

Abc 36's danielle saitta tells us why beshear vetoed this bill and how some parents think his decision will negatively affect them and their kids.

Akia: "this is something that all kids need i live in a community where their elementary school is not distinguished and proficients and i will go to the grocery store and these kids can't count out a dollar 35 in coins" akia mcneary says she and many other parents are feeling frustration after kentucky house bill 563 was vetoed.

Akia:"we want options as parents" mcneary says the bill would've given parents more of a choice for her children's education... if signed open enrollment would have been set up for public schools so that families could choose the best one for them.

And it would also set up tax credits allowing public school students to go to private school.

The lobbying group called ed-choice ky that supports this bill says other states have had similar legislation it's made a difference.

Andrew: "and when you talk about in particular low income students students of color their outcomes have come up with having a choice in education" but the governor, the state education commissioner and several school district leaders..including some teachers..didn't see it that way.

Beshear: "if it becomes law..

This measure would greatly harm public education in kentucky by taking money away from public schools and sending it to unaccountable private organizations with little oversight.

Eddie campbell: "this bill is bad education policy bad fiscal policy and bad public policy" after the bill was vetoed..house speaker david osborne and majority whip chad mccoy released a statement saying in part that it had two major problems..

It was going to require public school districts to come up with a plan to accept non- district students.

Also it would allow seek funds to follow a student to another school district.

But "ed-choice k-y" says that's not true saying the legislation is privately funded and it doesn't take anything out of the education budget.

The group says there's still a chance for the bill.

The kentucky general assembly will look at it on monday, and could override the governor's veto.

In lexington danielle saitta

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