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Opponents of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program listen during the rally at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Rally denounces Indiana voucher proposal

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of people have rallied at the Indiana Statehouse against a proposed expansion of the state’s private school voucher system.

The Tuesday afternoon rally sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education came a week after similar event by supporters of the voucher expansion.

Indiana PTA president Sharon Wise told the crowd of about 500 people that the proposed expansion was a “massive overstep” that would strip money from traditional public schools.

The Indiana legislature is considering a Republican-backed proposal to expand Indiana’s 2-year-old voucher system that already is the nation’s largest.

A bill already approved by the Indiana House this year would allow kindergartners and some other children to be eligible without first spending a year in public schools.