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Oklahoma House speaker says school voucher bill won’t get hearing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – House Speaker Charles McCall says a bill to allow public school funding to follow students to private schools won’t be heard this year in the House.

The Republican said Thursday there isn’t much support for the plan among House Republicans.

The proposal is a priority for Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, and Gov. Kevin Stitt endorsed the idea Monday in his State of the State address.

Stitt said the proposal would make the state a national leader in school choice. But the idea has faced bipartisan opposition in the Legislature.

Members from rural areas in particular oppose the idea because there are often fewer private school options for students.

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