By one vote, the Utah House passed a school voucher bill, which is “expected to sail through the Senate and win the governor’s signature,” reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.
After weeks of back-room arm-twisting and spirited lobbying on both sides of the issues, supporters managed 38 yes votes to the 37 opposed — there were no representatives absent. Surprise supporters included Rep. Brad Last, R-St. George, and Rep. Keith Grover, R-Orem – two former public school officials.
. . . HB148 will let parents spend public money on private school tuition. Every Utah family, with the exception of current private school students, would be eligible for a voucher ranging from $500 to $3,000 depending on family income.
Utah’s public schools operate on very low per-pupil funding and have large class sizes, relative to the rest of the country. It will be interesting to see how many parents use the vouchers to help pay for alternatives.