The Idaho Statesman highlights Center’s report on SB 1038

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We are happy to hear that the Idaho Senate rejected Senate Bill 1038, which would have allowed private school families to claim public education funds and would come with a hefty price tag in future years. Instead, lawmakers should consider investing more funding into public education, which would have a greater impact and help more Idaho students.

“A recent analysis by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, a nonpartisan research group, estimated enrollment among private- and home-schoolers would climb in the second year. Using enrollment rates from similar programs in Florida and Arizona, the Center for Fiscal Policy estimated the cost of the Idaho program would be eight times higher, about $363 million, in its second year and beyond. The number of students receiving the funds likely would jump from 6,600 to more than 60,000, the analysis found.”

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