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Vouchers

March 16th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

The Corporate Tax school vouchers program is getting a small boost from state lawmakers. The Senate Finance and Tax Committee voted four to one today to raise the value of school vouchers for low income students a 140 bucks to just over 4-thousand dollars. They?re expected to go up even more in the years to come. The plan is being opposed by Teachers Unions and the Florida PTA because they say it takes money from the classroom.

“We have fewer dollars in the general revenue fund,” FL PTA President Latah Krishmaiyer said. “We are not collecting enough taxes. So that does have an effect. Because these are the same taxes that they are letting go before it reaches the general revenue fund. So on that basis, it is a diversion of public dollars to private schools.?

Supporters of the tax credits argue the plan actually saves school districts money because they get to keep some of the state allotment above the cost of the private school voucher.

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