Hofmeister questions timing of private school vouchers given state revenue failure

Mar 9, 2016 by

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister on Tuesday said she questions the timing of lawmakers’ proposals to create private school voucher programs given the state of Oklahoma’s budget woes.

Hofmeister was speaking at a luncheon of the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County when she was asked point-blank for her opinion on the topic of education savings accounts, which are being championed by many of her fellow Republicans in the Legislature, as well as Gov. Mary Fallin.

“Is this the right year, is this the right time to start a new government program?” Hofmeister responded, noting that studies have shown the cost to her state agency alone would be $800,000 to $1.5 million, regardless of how many children participated. “We have to know what that’s going to cost and what that’s going to mean in terms of ramping up to do something.”

Source: Hofmeister questions timing of private school vouchers given state revenue failure – Tulsa World: News

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