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Voucher Supporters, Foes Disagree On Financial Impact

A new report says Indiana’s school voucher program ran up a $53.2 million deficit, but backers of the program say it actually represents a net savings to taxpayers.

The program’s deficit grew from about $40 million from one year earlier, according to the report issued Monday by the Indiana Department of Education, run by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat who opposes vouchers. The program grew 12 percent during the school year to 32,686 students.

School choice advocates say the program saves taxpayers money because vouchers provide, at most, 90 percent of the funding that a traditional public school would receive per student.