February 23, 2023

House analysis pegs new school voucher cost at $209.6M [Orlando Sentinel]

Ryan Dailey writes:

"TALLAHASSEE — Florida House analysts estimate that a proposal to make all students eligible for taxpayer-funded vouchers would cost $209.6 million next year, a number that critics say dramatically underestimates potential costs.

The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday approved a revamped version of the measure (HB 1), which includes a massive expansion of eligibility for vouchers. It would allow any student who is a 'resident of this state and is eligible to enroll in kindergarten through grade 12 in a public school' to qualify.


The House’s cost estimate is far lower than a projection released by the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a non-profit group that opposes the voucher expansion. The group published a report this month that said the bill could cost the state about $4 billion in the initial year.

Norin Dollard, who works with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], told the House panel that she 'stands by this estimate.'”

Read more at orlandosentinel.com

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