Florida families can now begin applying for the first scholarship in the nation for students in K-12 grades who are bullied.
The Hope Scholarship gives parents of eligible students victimized by bullying the opportunity to choose a participating private school and receive a state-supported scholarship to attend. The program also allows parents to transfer their child to another K-12 public school with available capacity within the school district, or to receive funding to transport the student to a public school in another district.
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, who sponsored the bill this spring creating the scholarship, said he wants to gives parents choice.
“My hope is that parents get all the information they need to act in the best interests of their children,” said Donalds. “We should look for ways to empower parents at all times with respect to the education of their children. This is one of the tools in the tool box for parents to be empowered.”
The new program is administered by Step Up For Students, a nonprofit that also publishes this blog, and applications on the organization’s web site went officially live to all families this morning.