Congress passes $1.6B hurricane relief package for schools

Congress yesterday approved sending $1.6 billion in hurricane relief to schools and colleges affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The spending bill includes a controversial one-year program to provide per-pupil vouchers of $6,000 -- $7,500, in the case of special-needs students -- to reimburse private schools enrolling displaced children.

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