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Education Savings Account bill fails

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A bill that would have established Education Savings Accounts parents can withdraw from for private school tuition and other educational expenses failed in the state Senate on Wednesday.

The bill, Senate Bill 2141, introduced by Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, failed by a vote of 3-42. The bill marked the latest attempt to fund private school choice in North Dakota. A similar bill failed in the Legislature in 2017.

Another bill that would study the feasibility of school choice program, including Education Savings Accounts, has been proposed in the House. House Bill 1464 had a hearing in the House Education Committee last week, but the committee has not yet voted on the bill.

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