Choice saves

School choice programs produced $444 million in savings to state and local budgets from 1990 to 2006, concludes a Friedman Foundation study, “Education by the Numbers.”

Of the 12 voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs that began operations before 2006, every program is at least fiscally neutral, and most produce substantial savings. Seven more programs have been created since 2006.

Instructional spending has increased in choice-affected districts, the study found.

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