February 21, 2023

School choice bill advances in Florida Senate with a promise of changes to come [Tallahassee Democrat]

James Call writes:

"Freshman Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, drew a capacity crowd to a Senate hearing Tuesday when he introduced a proposal to make private school vouchers available to all Florida students.

SB 202 supporters, including parents with children who have disabilities and Americans for Prosperity, call the idea transformational, while classroom teachers and groups like Leon County Guardians for Public Schools warned universal vouchers could bankrupt the public education system.


Most opponents worried about what will happen to the public school budget if hundreds of thousands of parents suddenly claimed a FES scholarship. The FES has grown from $105 million in 2018 to $820 million in 2022 and is projected to be at $4 billion in the first year if SB 202 is approved, according to a study by the Education Law Center School and the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]."

Read the rest of the story at tallahassee.com

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