Florida Voucher System Thrown Out

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Kelly McIntyre sends her son Isaac to a private school in Havana, Florida, but come next year she'll have to find another option.

"He says, ‘I love my teachers, I love my friends. I don't even want to think about the possibility of going somewhere else.’"

Isaac is one of 733 students enrolled in Florida's opportunity scholarship program, allowing students at failing schools a free ride into the private system.

At a news conference Thursday Gov. Jeb Bush called the ruling a disappointment. He says every child should have the opportunity to attend the school of their choice.

"School choice is as American as apple pie in my opinion. You walk into Publix, you don't have one alternative, you have many choices. The world is made richer, more fuller and more vibrant when you have choices."

But now the choice is taken away. The state Supreme Court is ruling vouchers unconstitutional.

"This is a sad day for those families. This is a sad day for accountability in our state," said Gov. Bush.

Groups like the FEA, who support public schools, call the ruling a victory.

"What we need to do is get back to the mission the Constitution dictates, and that is a high quality system of free public schools," said Ron Meyer.

Students who are going to private school on taxpayers’ dollars will be able to finish out the school year.


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