January 26, 2023

Republican-led voucher expansion could steer $2.4 billion from Florida public schools [The Ledger]

John Kennedy writes:

"TALLAHASSEE – A proposed massive expansion of Florida’s private school voucher program easily cleared its first House stop Thursday, despite drawing blistering criticism that it would drain billions of dollars of needed cash from public schools used by 2.9 million students.


The Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a liberal-leaning research group based in Orlando, has studied the redirection of public dollars to private schools. Its estimate of $2.4 billion being redirected from state coffers represents roughly 10% of the $24.3 billion spent this year on public schools.

The state is currently sending about $1.3 billion to private schools through voucher programs, with that level climbing to $2.4 billion next year with the expansion now before lawmakers, FPI estimates."

Read the whole story at: theledger.com

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