The following bill has been filed for the 2022 Florida legislative session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through March 11.
BILL NO: SB 1348
TITLE: Educational Choice Scholarships
SPONSOR: Sen. Manny Diaz – Hialeah Gardens
WHAT IT WOULD DO:
- Eliminate program caps, and because the increase in income threshold is tied to the program cap, automatically increase the income threshold by 25 percentage points every year.
- Remove the requirement that the Florida Dept. of Education (“DOE”) cross-check the list of participating students with public school enrollment prior to distributing funds, which will help to eliminate the delay in payments to families that we saw this year. The DOE will distribute funds once scholarship funding organizations submit verified documentation that students are participating in a scholarship program.
- Align the attendance verification process between FES-EO and FES-UA. Student attendance will be verified by parents approving payments to the school their student(s) attend.
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