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Bill expanding Florida special needs choice accounts passes unanimously

The Florida House this morning unanimously approved legislation that would expand access to the state’s newest parental choice program for children with special needs. The legislation would allow children with muscular dystrophy and a broader range of students with autism to use Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, a cutting-edge program created last year.[Read More…]

Florida Senate expands opportunities for special needs children

It was an emotional day in the Florida Senate, as lawmakers approved a suite of bills aimed at creating what Senate President Andy Gardiner described as a “pathway to economic independence” for children with special needs. Part of the package, approved unanimously today, would expand the state’s newest educational choice[Read More…]

Expansion of special needs scholarship accounts advances in Florida Legislature

More Florida students will be able to access the state’s new Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts under legislation now ready for floor votes in both chambers. The bills, approved unanimously by House and Senate panels this week, would allow more students to qualify for the accounts, which help parents pay for[Read More…]

Funding increases proposed for Florida special needs scholarship accounts

Florida’s new educational choice program for special needs students would see significant funding increases under spending plans unveiled this week in both chambers of the state Legislature. A proposed budget unveiled Monday by Erik Fresen, R-Miami, the House’s education budget chairman, contains an additional $13.5 million for Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, which would bring their total funding to[Read More…]

Lawmakers look to tackle extracurricular activities, sports and school choice

A Florida House panel is weighing legislation aimed at opening high school sports and other extracurricular activities to more students enrolled in school choice programs. State law already allows home education, virtual school and private school students to participate in high school sports. But some lawmakers have said the state’s laws[Read More…]

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Florida mother of special needs child: ‘The rest of the country should be watching’

Last week, Katie Swingle spoke to the Florida Legislature about expanding access to Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts for special needs students. She described her struggles, and recent success, looking for ways to meet the educational needs of her seven-year-old son, who has autism. Her remarks are noteworthy because – unlike so[Read More…]

Bill would give younger children access to Florida special needs accounts

Parents of three- and four-year-olds with special needs would be able to enroll their children in Florida’s newest educational choice program for special needs students under changes approved by a legislative panel on Wednesday. The state Senate’s education budget committee approved tweaks to legislation expanding the state’s new Personal Learning Scholarship[Read More…]