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Utah Voters May Repeal School Vouchers

Education advocacy groups from across the country are pouring campaign funds into Utah, where voters will cast ballots in a referendum to repeal school vouchers. The vouchers offer taxpayer scholarships to every student in the state.

The state's teachers' union argues that the vouchers take money away from the public school system. Proponents of the vouchers say the program gives parents a choice in where to send their children to school.

So far, most Utah residents agree with the teachers' union. Recent polls show that as many as 60 percent of voters oppose vouchers — but many people are undecided.

It's unprecedented to have a school choice program passed by the legislature and then put to the voters. However it ends, the outcome is likely to affect education programs and policies outside Utah.

Julie Rose from member station KCPW in Salt Lake City reports.

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