The Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to provide private-school vouchers for low-income students at the bottom 5% of struggling public schools. Opponents of the measure criticized the premise of diverting funding from failing public schools to private or parochial schools, but supporters, including the governor, said it will provide new opportunities for disadvantaged students. The bill is expected to face an uphill battle in the state House, where it is believed to have less support.

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