In a second appearance Tuesday celebrating the signing of a landmark choice education bill, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Christ the King Catholic School in Jacksonville. Once again, a crowd of supporters cheered legislation that will allow tens of thousands of new Florida families to access education choice.
Speaking alongside Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, DeSantis promised the crowd that state leaders are “going on offense” to expand school choice.
“We’re not going to be happy with the current amount of choice,” he said.
Earlier in the day, DeSantis visited St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Hialeah, where 162 of 190 students receive school choice scholarships. Surrounded by sponsoring lawmakers, Commissioner Corcoran, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, faith leaders, school leaders and students, the governor called support for parental choice in education “a recipe for success.”
“When you talk about low-income families, working-class families may not have the luxury of being able to get their kid in the school of their choice without the program,” he said.
DeSantis observed that recent education choice expansions have had “life-changing” impact and pledged that state leaders will continue to add more opportunities.
“We will be doubling down on our commitment to further supporting working families,” he said.
The expansion of options, “shows we’re not standing pat,” he said as the audience burst into applause.
The legislation’s passage drew praise from the LIBRE Initiative – Florida, which teamed up with Americans For Prosperity in February to organize a six-figure ad campaign in support of the legislation.
“Today is a great day for Florida students and families – including Latino families – because they now have greater choice to customize an educational plan that works best for their individual child,” Daniel Martinez, the group’s coalition director, said Tuesday. “On behalf of all, of our LIBRE activists and volunteers across the state, I want to thank Gov. DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for approving this important legislation that builds on our bipartisanship legacy of educational freedom.”