Utah could be getting a reasonably serious school choice program. In Friedman’s vision it is students that are funded not schools and students are funded equally regardless of where they choose to attend school – i.e. no fiscal discrimination. In the Utah plan, in contrast, the voucher money is still less than is spent per public school student and it is means tested. Nevetheless, the voucher is reasonably large and the program is state wide which together would make it the most significant voucher experiment in the United States.
Thanks to Fred Hastings for the pointer.