Private school choice legislation received bipartisan backing this afternoon from a Florida House panel.
As approved by the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee, HB 15 would increase the funding each student receives through the state’s tax credit scholarship program. Step Up For Students, which publishes this blog, helps administer the program.
The committee removed from the bill provisions that would have expanded the conditions that would allow students to qualify for Gardiner scholarships and tripled funding for the program, which provides education savings accounts for children with special needs. (Step Up also helps administer Gardiner scholarships.)
Legislators also removed a provision that would have allowed students to receive McKay scholarships — vouchers for special needs students — without attending public schools for an entire school year.
Bill sponsor Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, said the provisions had to be removed to maneuver through the state budget process. She said she hoped to revive them as lawmakers revise their spending plans.