Tag: 2023 Florida Legislature

Florida House passes universal school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared earlier today on politicopro.com. Republicans in the Florida House passed a landmark universal school choice bill Friday that would give every K-12 student statewide access to a voucher for attending private school. A 83-27 vote put Florida on the cusp of joining states like Arizona[Read More…]

Word for word: What parents want Florida legislators to know this session

Editor’s note: Among those who came prepared Thursday to speak to Florida lawmakers in favor of legislation that would make education choice more flexible for families were two parents whose children have benefited from the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Lance Ball and Rebeka Joseph, both of Tallahassee, want legislators to[Read More…]

House poised to pass education choice expansion

Editor’s note: This article appeared today on newsserviceflorida.com. The Florida House is on the cusp of passing a massive expansion of school-voucher programs that would make every student eligible to receive taxpayer-backed scholarships, while the full Senate is poised to consider its version of the bill. A disagreement, however, has[Read More…]

Legislation expanding school choice heading to Senate floor

Editor’s note: This article appeared earlier today on floridapolitics.com. A bill creating universal school choice — giving vouchers to all students regardless of income — is heading to the full Senate. The bill (SB 202), sponsored by Sen. Corey Simon of Tallahassee, aced its third committee stop in front of[Read More…]

Word for word: Democratic lawmaker says education choice saved his life

Editor’s note: Last week, as members of the Florida House Education & Employment Committee debated HB 1, some lawmakers shared how education choice, or the lack of it, shaped their lives. Among them was Rep. Gallop Franklin II. The Tallahassee Democrat, one of two members of his party who joined[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom wants education savings accounts to become reality

On this episode, senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Alkesha Williamson, a mother of five children, including three who receive state education choice scholarships. Williamson’s daughter is on the autism spectrum and receives the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities, which uses an education savings account model that[Read More…]

School choice bill advances in state Senate, bus woes in Pinellas, student fundraisers and more

In the Legislature: During a hearing on Tuesday, freshman Sen. Corey Simon introduced a proposal to make private school vouchers available to all Florida students, and the Senate Education PreK-12 Committee voted 9-3 along party lines to approve SB 202. The bill would end current eligibility requirements for vouchers, such[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…]