AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate has rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would have allowed state vouchers to be used in religious schools.

Senators voted 24-8 against the bill today. It was rejected Thursday in the House by a vote of 84 to 59.

The bill sought to repeal a law that says only nonsectarian private schools are allowed to receive public funds for tuition purposes.

Democrats said the measure would have undercut public education by allowing public tax dollars to be used to send some children to private religious schools.

The education committee had recommended against the bill’s passage.


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