Florida vouchers may have gone to ineligible students

August 14, 2018 GMT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A new audit is raising questions about whether private school vouchers went to ineligible students in Florida.

The state Auditor General released an audit last week that found Step Up for Students did not always properly evaluate the household income of those seeking vouchers.

Step Up for Students is the main administrator of the state’s tax credit scholarship program. That program offers vouchers to low-income families although eligibility has recently been expanded. About 100,000 students participate.

Auditors looked at a sample of voucher recipients and discovered examples where Step Up did not properly analyze income records.

Step Up for Students officials contend the sample was small and does not mean there are widespread problems. But they also said they found a technical problem that resulted in some errors.