Lamisha Stephens and her son, Marquavis Wilson. PHOTO: Lance Rothstein

Among those who traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday to speak in favor of legislation that will simplify Florida’s education choice programs by merging five scholarships into two and add a flexible spending option was a 16-year-old student from South Florida who knows first-hand the value of education choice.

Marquavis Wilson found a safe haven at West Park Preparatory School after being bullied mercilessly at his former school because of his sexual identity. Marquavis says the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship that made his attendance possible changed his life.

His mother, Lamisha Stephens, says the scholarship saved his life. Without it, Stephens affirms, her son probably would be a dropout. Or maybe he’d be in jail. Perhaps, Stephens says, he would have taken his life.

Please take a moment to watch the video below. And to learn more about SB48, click here.

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