2023 Florida Legislature

Florida House education choice expansion bill gets Senate companion

HB 1 no longer stands alone. State Sen. Corey Simon R-Tallahassee, chair of the Senate Committee on Education PreK-12, on Friday filed SB 202, a companion bill that allows for parental involvement and customized K-12 education in Florida through the expansion of education savings account eligibility to all students. In[Read More…]

Word for Word: For House co-sponsor, HB 1 is personal

Editor’s note:  In addition to being a co-sponsor of HB 1, which would offer all Florida families access to education savings accounts, state Rep. Susan Plasencia is also an education choice scholarship mom. On Jan. 26, the freshman Republican from Orlando shared her story at the House Choice and Innovation[Read More…]

‘Transformational’ education choice bill wins approval in first legislative hearing

A bill that would extend eligibility for flexible spending accounts to all K-12 students cleared its first hurdle today on the way to becoming the largest expansion of education choice in Florida’s history. Members of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee voted 13-4 to move HB 1 forward to its[Read More…]

Education choice expansion bill endorsed by statewide business group Florida Council of 100

A statewide group of top business leaders has endorsed landmark legislation that would extend education choice to all K-12 students in Florida. The Florida Council of 100 issued the following statement on Wednesday in support of HB 1, which is scheduled for a hearing Thursday before the House Choice and[Read More…]

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responds to the filing of landmark education choice expansion legislation

Editor’s note: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman and founder of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, issued the following statement in response to the filing of HB 1. The bill would significantly expand eligibility for education choice options to all K-12 students in Florida. “The right to a publicly funded[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida House speaker explains how HB 1 will create opportunities to customize learning

Editor’s note: Last week, Florida House leaders announced the filing of HB 1, a landmark bill that would expand education choice and customization to all students in the state through the availability of education savings accounts. If passed, the bill would also allocate enough funding to aid all students currently waiting[Read More…]

Florida proposes ‘transformational’ legislation that would extend education savings accounts to all K-12 students

A bill that Florida leaders are calling “transformational” would greatly expand the state’s 21-year-old education choice scholarship program by opening eligibility to all K-12 students in the Sunshine State and empowering parents to customize their children’s learning. “Florida is about expanding freedom and opportunity,” said House Speaker Paul Renner, R[Read More…]