Artful deception from the local rag. Surprised?
...Private schools in the state's private school choice programs saw an increase of 2,577 students, for a total cost to taxpayers of $383.3 million, up from $349.6 million last year. Those funds are deducted or withheld from the local public school district in whose geographic area the student lives....
"Cost to taxpayers"? RLY? What about the "withheld" money? That's a savings, right? Or does it just disappear?
It must just 'disappear'. That way it fits the narrative.