Study Shows School Vouchers Actually Save Money
North American Precis Syndicate
Many parents may be pleasantly surprised to learn that using school vouchers can benefit not only their own children but also the kids who stay in the public schools. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—There could be good news for taxpayers—especially those who
are also parents of school-age kids. Since the creation of the first school
voucher program in 1990, 42 analyses have examined the fiscal affect of
school choice on taxpayers. While public officials often fear the fiscal
effects of these programs on district schools, concerned that because of high
fixed costs, school choice programs cause harm, the researchers found school
choice programs actually save money or are at least revenue neutral. None
have had a negative fiscal impact.
How It Works
In all the programs studied, voucher students leave the federal and local
education dollars allocated for them behind in their public schools. For
example, if a school district spends $10,000 per student and the student
leaves with a $4,050 voucher, the district keeps the remaining $5,500. Any
leftover state funds go back to the state, rather than the district, and can
be reinvested in public schools. The district gets to keep the portion of the
federal funds it gets that are not based on enrollment. As a result, the
public schools are left with fewer students to teach and more money per pupil
to do it.
Communities can also use the money saved to invest in other priorities,
such as law enforcement or healthcare or lower taxes.
Therefore, by taking their educational needs to private schools, voucher
students removed an estimated cost burden of $8.5 billion from public
A Primer On The Programs
Voucher systems vary from place to place. Here’s a look at some of
the more common ones.
1. Education Savings Accounts
(ESAs) let parents withdraw their children from public district or
charter schools and get public funds in government-authorized savings
accounts. These funds can cover private school, online learning programs,
private tutoring, community college costs, higher education expenses, and
other approved services and materials.
2. School vouchers let parents
choose a private school for their children, using all or part of the public
funding set aside for their children’s education. Funds typically
expended by a school district are allocated to the family.
3. Tax Credit Scholarships
allow students to receive private school scholarships through nonprofit
scholarship-granting organizations, whose donors receive tax credits for
their charitable contributions.
4. Individual tax credits and
deductions let parents get state income tax relief for approved
The overarching study was conducted by Martin Leuken, Ph.D., Director of
Fiscal Policy and Analysis at EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
dedicated to advancing full and unencumbered educational choice as the best
pathway to successful lives and a stronger society.
To see individual voucher program breakdowns, download the full report at www.EDCHOICE.ORG/VoucherFiscalEffects.
For more about the studies, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further facts, go to www.edchoice.org.
“Taxpayers—especially parents—may be glad to learn that
school voucher programs mean public schools have more money per student, says
Dr. Martin Leuken of nonprofit, nonpartisan EdChoice. http://bit.ly/2AobRBn”
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