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School vouchers, rising in many GOP states, founder in Texas


April 30, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gary VanDeaver describes himself as a conservative less than a minute into many conversations. The Texas state representative blames "unelected federal judges" for imposing gay marriage on America and has been endorsed by anti-abortion groups and the National Rifle Association.

But when it comes to one centerpiece conservative initiative — allowing tax-subsidized vouchers for students to enroll in private schools — VanDeaver says absolutely no way.

"In my district, public school is the community," said VanDeaver, of New Boston, a town about 25 miles from the Arkan...

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