Lawmakers consider limits on school voucher bill

March 1, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill in New Hampshire that would let parents use public money to send children to private schools could be limited to low-income students.

The Concord Monitor reports that a draft amendment to the bill would aim to reduce the state’s cost in part by limiting the program to students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches. Other changes include capping enrollment in the program and changing the way schools are reimbursed for lost students.

The Legislative Budget Assistant says the amended bill would cost the state $5.4 million over 11 years. It estimated an earlier version would cost $36 million over 12 years. Local districts would lose an estimated $99 million in state aid over 11 years.

The bill is being considered by the House’s finance committee.

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