Tag: Sen. Wilton Simpson

Senate president praises Florida as ‘the promised land for education-minded families’

Editor’s note: The Florida Legislature began its 60-day session today with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ state of the state address and opening speeches from the Senate president and the speaker of the House of Representatives. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, cited passage of the nation’s largest education choice expansion in[Read More…]

Education choice bill passes Senate Appropriations Committee, heads for floor vote

A bill that would simplify Florida’s education choice programs by merging five scholarships into two and add a flexible spending option is headed to a vote on the Senate floor after clearing the Senate Appropriations Committee today. By a vote of 11 to 8 along party lines, with Sen. Aaron[Read More…]

State’s top leaders name education choice a priority in this year’s legislative session

While other states were mandating lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic, Florida was right to keep the state open, including its brick-and-mortar schools, Gov. Ron DeSantis said in his annual state of the state address today. “Florida schools are open, and we are only a handful of states in which every[Read More…]

Word for word: Florida Senate President on importance of education choice

In remarks at the start of the 2021 legislative session earlier today, Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, stressed the crucial role of school choice programs and the right of every family to make appropriate educational decisions for their children, regardless of their income level. Here are Simpson’s remarks: Most parents[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charter district, tests, home-schooling and more

Charter district: The Jefferson County School Board agrees to turn over operations of the district’s struggling schools to the charter school company Somerset Academy. The proposed deal will be taken to the Florida Board of Education today for approval. If the deal is approved, Jefferson would become the first charter district in the[Read More…]