A universal school voucher bill is sailing through the state legislature.
HB1 passed the Florida House on Friday and would allow nearly all students to attend private school with a voucher from the state. Some of the big concerns are how much it will cost – nobody can seem to agree on the number – and how much funding it will take away from public schools.
Here’s how News Service of Florida put the discrepancy in estimates for how much HB1 would cost the state:
“House and Senate staff analyses have included different estimates, with the House giving a ballpark estimate of $209.6 million, while a Senate analysis estimated a price tag of roughly $646 million.
“But the Florida Policy Institute, a non-profit group that opposes the voucher plan, estimates that the proposal would cost about $4 billion.”
Public schools get about $8,000 per student. That funding would “follow the student” if they transfer to a private school.
HB 1 passed the House, 83-27, mostly along party lines.
Its companion, SB 202, is expected to be taken up by the Senate Wednesday.
On Tuesday Café, we heard part of the House floor debate — legislators describing why they were about to vote for or against HB 1.
Listen to this show here:
Click here to watch the Florida House Session on 17 March 2023 via The Florida Channel.
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