Legislation enshrining the expansion of Florida’s newest educational choice program is set for a vote by the full House of Representatives, after getting a bipartisan nod today from the chamber’s education committee.
The bill would increase funding for Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, make them available to more students, and broaden their potential uses. Last year, the state budget expanded the program, but those changes will expire this summer if they aren’t codified in permanent law. Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog, helps administer the accounts.
Two parents, including Lydia Burton, whose four-year-old son was diagnosed with autism last year, told the House Education Committee about the impact the program has had on their children.
“When he was first diagnosed, as a mom, you go through all of these things that you don’t know if your child would ever do,” she said. She worried for a time she wondered whether her child would read or communicate. Now she’s considering the possibility he’ll go to college. “He really had that potential, and this program has unlocked that for him,” she said.