Budget deal includes millions more for school voucher (video)

The long awaited budget compromise earmarks $6.8 million to expand the Opportunity Scholarships program this year, with an additional $14 million in recurring funds for the following fiscal year.

The program provides scholarship grants of up to $2,100 per semester ($4,200 annually) for eligible students to attend nonpublic schools.

For those keeping score, the total funding for the voucher program will will be $17.6 million in FY 2015-16, and $24.8 million in FY 2016-17.

Budget writers note that funding set aside in FY 2016-17 represents an increase of 129% over FY 2014-15 levels.

For more highlights from the education budget, click below. Read more of the conference committee’s money report here.
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