Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro (D.) dropped his support for school choice initiatives in the face of opposition from Democrats and teachers' unions.
The Democrat previously supported a $100 million voucher program in the state budget with the backing of Senate Republicans but announced Wednesday he would abandon the proposal after House Democrats refused to budge. Shapiro told Democrats if they pass the budget, which is several days past its deadline, he will line-item veto the vouchers out.
"Our Commonwealth should not be plunged into a painful, protracted budget impasse while our communities wait for the help and resources this commonsense budget will deliver," Shapiro said in a Wednesday statement.
The program would have given students in low-achieving school districts access to private school scholarships. Senate Republicans said their passing of the budget was contingent on the voucher program.
The largest teachers' union in the state, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, was vocal in its opposition to the measure. The union in a June statement said it is "absolutely opposed" to the "voucher scheme."
It's the latest example of Democrats attacking plans to help students leave failing public school districts.
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