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Florida House Approves Expansion Of Voucher Program

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release
Updated: April 11, 2014, 9:45pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The state's main voucher program for low-income children could expand under a bill approved by the Florida House.

The House approved the bill 73-43 Friday along party lines.

It's still not clear, however, if the bill would be accepted by the Senate. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said the House legislation (HB 7167) lacks a testing requirement that he says is needed before the program grows.

Nearly 60,000 students from low-income families attend private schools as a result of the current voucher program. State figures show that more than 80 percent of the schools participating are religious.

The bill passed by the House also would expand a separate program that aids disabled children. The Senate is advancing a similar bill to help parents of disabled children to get additional services.


Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republicans in the Florida House are pushing ahead with a major expansion of a state-backed program that helps low-income children attend private schools.

Just last week it appeared that private school voucher legislation was dead for the 60-day session after the Senate sponsor withdrew his bill.

But on Friday a House committee voted along party lines for a revamped version intended to win support from Senate Republicans.

This time House Republicans included the expansion of the voucher program in a bill that also would expand a separate program that aids disabled children. The Senate is advancing a similar bill to help parents of disabled children to get additional services.

A top official with the Florida Education Association said the House was being "disingenuous" by pairing the two proposals together.


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