Byline: Shannon McMahon
WASHINGTON _ The House on Friday voted to create the first federally funded school voucher program, rekindling an emotional debate over tuition vouchers that has simmered since a controversial Supreme Court decision upholding such programs a year ago.
The legislation, which affects only Washington but could have a national impact, would provide roughly 2,000 students up to $7,500 to help them transfer from public schools to private schools. Children in low-performing schools from low-income families would receive priority.
Friday's down-to-the-wire 205-203 vote suggested the debate remains intense around the country and in Washington, where Mayor Anthony Williams and the school board president support the program, while the majority of the City Council and Eleanor …