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Taxpayer-funded vouchers balloon in Florida

From The Sun-Sentinel:

More than two years ago, the state stopped giving tuition vouchers to students who wanted to leave failing public schools for private school. Since then, Florida’s other two programs that pay private-school tuition for disabled kids or poor children have grown by 21 percent and 65 percent respectively. Today, 42,000 Florida students attend private school on the public’s dime. And a new study touting voucher benefits could trigger more expansion.

Last school year, the state gave out a total of $205 million through both programs. This year, legislators expanded the program for poor students by $30 million, which means $118 million can be distributed and 5,000 to 6,000 more poor children can participate.


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