Another Florida School Voucher Expansion Planned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A bill that would again expand tax-credit vouchers that let low-income children attend private schools at taxpayer expense is advancing in the Florida Legislature.

The Senate Prekindergarten-12 Committee approved the bill (SB 962) Monday. It was a 4-2 party-line vote with Republicans for and Democrats against.

Democrats say it would shift money from public to private schools.

The bill would raise the program's cap for the next school year by $31 million to a total of $250 million.

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Wellington Republican sponsoring the measure, said it will pay for 6,500 additional students and bring the total to 55,543.

It also would allow for future expansion of 25 percent annually each year the program raises at least 90 percent of its cap amout.


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