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Two Unions Break Ranks, Back State School Vouchers

The State Capital in Harrisburg.

PHILADELPHIA PA – A pair of organized labor groups in Philadelphia announced their support Friday (Feb. 4, 2011) for a statewide public school voucher program, representing a break in the ranks away from a majority of unions in Pennsylvania that oppose vouchers, The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, and the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity in a joint statement said they support the voucher plan contained in Senate Bill 1, which would give Pennsylvania’s poorest families the opportunity to leave failing public schools.  The plan would redirect the state-level per student funding to a school of the student’s choice.

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