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A state school for troubled and needy youth would have to be reopened under legislation endorsed by an Indiana House Committee.

Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration closed the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home east of Indianapolis late last month, in part because of costs. The administration plans to convert the school to a National Guard military academy for high school dropouts next year.

But the House Ways and Means Committee approved an amendment to a budget bill on Monday that would require the children’s home to be reopened. It also would allow the military academy to use part of the campus near Knightstown.

There is $10 million in the House Democrat budget bill to fund the children’s home for another year.

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