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School Choices Expanded .. affecting Our Public School Children…

All our children from diversity and a variety of socio economic factors; will be successfully educated at a public school…

Governor Ron Desantis signs into law…

The expansion of vouchers; thus giving more funds for school choice; and a stronger footing
on the privatization of our public schools…

Negatively impacting public school funding….oversight and accountability…

Charter schools are not held to the same rigors and standards that public schools must attain…

Moreover impacted a staggering loss of revenue, about $200 million will now be going to charter schools!!!

This is extremely biased..and grossly unfair to those children…who rely solely on a strong public school education…

Florida families to get more school vouchers as DeSantis signs $200M choice expansion
BY ANA CEBALLOS AND COLLEEN WRIGHT
MAY 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed into law a $200 million school choice plan that will pave the way for about 61,000 new students to become eligible for taxpayer-funded vouchers that will help families pay for private tuition and other education expenses.

The measure is a continuation of a decades-long push to expand school choice in Florida, a move Republicans support and most Democrats have fought as they advocate for more oversight and accountability for private schools that get state-funded vouchers. Legislators heralded the law as the largest school choice expansion in state history.

“All in all, there is going to be more opportunities for more students and more families in the state of Florida as a result of this legislation,” DeSantis said at a bill signing ceremony at St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Hialeah, the home parish of state Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah.

The governor signed the bill alongside Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, bill sponsors Diaz and Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, and lawmakers of the Miami-Dade delegation.. A crowd of students from the school, where about 85% of students attend through a state voucher program, greeted DeSantis with cheers and handmade welcome signs.

By signing the bill, DeSantis set in motion a massive expansion of school choice in the state that will also bring some changes to the structure of the state’s voucher programs, including those that serve students with special needs.

The measure, which takes effect July 1, will fold voucher programs for students with special needs — the Gardiner Scholarship and the John M. McKay Scholarship — into the Family Empowerment Scholarship, the state’s newest voucher program that served a broader population of low- to middle-income families.

This definitely is a sad day for our children here in Florida who rely on our public schools… Especially during this pandemic year…They have lost so much…How I am hoping with President Biden’s additional funds he is proposing for education…They will still have the necessary resources and programs to be successful!!!

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Retired elementary, public school teacher; all thirty-eight years in Florida... Now spending my time advocating for our children, and their right to strong public school education...With an appreciation for the arts and the beauty in each day…

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