CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are setting aside a spirited debate over school choice for the next year.

The House Education Committee last week decided to retain a bill that would create “education freedom accounts” that could be used toward private school or home school expenses. Lawmakers will continue to work on it, but it won't come up for a vote until next year.

During lengthy public hearings, the bill's supporters argued it would provide options for families dissatisfied with their local schools, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Opponents argue the bill will drain money from public school districts and allow wealthy parents to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools that are free to discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race and more.

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