Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Colorado County School Board votes to offer Vouchers..saves $400K

After months of study, roiling controversy and emotional debate, the Douglas County school board Tuesday night unanimously approved a groundbreaking plan to help pay tuition for hundreds of students to attend private schools.

The pilot program, which will be reviewed each year, would make up to 500 students eligible to receive $4,575 to attend a private school in the 2011-12 school year.
"This is an important night for Douglas County," said board president John Carson. "This is the finest school district in the state of Colorado, and I believe the action we take tonight will make it even better."

The district estimates it would save about $3 million by having 500 fewer students. The district would pay about $2.29 million in voucher scholarships, but when CSAP and other expenses are deducted, the district might actually net $402,500.