State spends $5 million on private school transportation, textbooks
from RI Future
Rhode Island spent more than $5.4 million in 2014 on transportation and textbooks for students who attend private and parochial schools, according to the Department of Education. "The textbook law has been in the books since the 19th century," said RIDE spokesman Elliot Krieger. "The transport law on books since the 1970s." Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget calls for cuts to this public subsidy to private schools. The state paid $4,873,473 in transportation costs and $554,974 for textbooks in 2014 and Raimondo proposed cutting each expenditure in half.
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