Parental Choice

Florida students, families praise school choice: ‘Changed the entire trajectory of my life’

Editor’s note: This article, which features the voices of families and former students who have benefited from education choice, appeared Monday on Scholarship recipients and their families praised Gov. Ron DeSantis and lawmakers for passing “historic” school choice legislation that will give families more options in their children’s education.[Read More…]

Florida’s low-income students have most to gain from universal school choice

The passage of HB1, a bill which makes all Florida children eligible for education choice, will benefit low-income children remaining in public school. Arizona’s experience illustrates how this process works. While choice advocates are celebrating a wave of universal ESA program passages in 2022 and 2023, Arizona lawmakers first passed[Read More…]

Education choice advocates applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of HB1

Editor’s note: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law House Bill 1, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Corey Simon (R-Tallahassee). HB 1 contains a comprehensive package of innovations that promote parental involvement and customized K-12 education in Florida, empowering parents to guide their children’s education by providing[Read More…]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs historical education choice bill into law

Surrounded by a group of students, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made history as he signed a bill into law that grants universal eligibility for K-12 education choice scholarships. “This bill is a major game changer,” DeSantis said just before he sat at a small wooden desk set up in the[Read More…]

American Federation for Children applauds Florida for vote to expand school choice to all families

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Florida Legislature for extending eligibility for the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program to all Florida families and converting all the awards to education savings accounts. The vote continues a tradition of bipartisan cooperation in improving educational opportunities for[Read More…]

Matt Ladner: Florida lawmakers pass legislation making Florida 6th state with universal ESAs

By a vote of 26-12, the Florida Senate passed House Bill 1. This is a fantastic achievement and a capstone achievement to a great many people both inside and outside the Florida Legislature. The signature of Gov. Ron DeSantis will dispel any confusion whatsoever regarding which year stands as the[Read More…]

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Landmark education savings account bill wins final passage in Florida Legislature, heads to governor

A bill that would grant education choice scholarship eligibility to all K-12 Florida students  which state Senate President Kathleen Passidomo called the “one of the most transformative bills in the history of the state,” won final legislative approval today and heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis for possible signature. HB 1,[Read More…]

Florida education savings accounts bill heading into to home stretch before becoming law

Landmark legislation that would expand education choice eligibility to all Florida’s K-12 students and add spending flexibility to all state choice scholarship programs headed toward its final journey on Wednesday before being signed into law. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, the sponsor of SB 202, introduced the bill but then agreed[Read More…]