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Florida

Florida's Hidden Voucher Expansion:

Over $1 Billion From Public Schools to Fund Private Education

September 2022

Over the past four years, Florida has seen tremendous growth in the amount of public funds being spent on private education. In 2022-23, an estimated $1.3 billion in funding will be redirected from public school districts to private education, representing 10% of state education funds allocated through the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), the state’s school funding formula. The diversion of funding from district budgets to private school vouchers can have a substantial negative impact on school budget planning. Many Floridians are likely unaware of the financial impact being placed upon public school districts and the way these voucher programs are affecting the availability of their tax dollars for public education.