South Dakota’s private school scholarship program could expand should the latest bill chipping away at the program’s initial parameters continues to progress.
“My concern is for the future,” ASBSD Executive Wade Pogany told committee members. “The bill seems innocuous enough, but it has the effect of growing the program.”
Currently, the private school scholarship program has a cap on the total amount of funding it can receive set at $2 million, but program supporter and former state legislator Phyllis Heineman told committee members this year the program would “be awarding scholarships exceeding $1.7 million.”
And while the bill’s sponsor Sen. Jim Stalzer said “at this point we’re not asking for any more money” that concern is paramount for supporters of public education.
“I am concerned about if the cap would grow…we would divert more public funds,” Pogany testified.