Florida House speaker proposes expanding school voucher program

Florida would make every student eligible for vouchers to attend private school with taxpayer money under the proposed legislation.


House Speaker Paul Renner said will be a priority for the session that begins on March 7.

The bill could greatly expand the state’s current voucher programs but would give priority to low-income and special-needs students ahead of wealthier families seeking help with private school tuition.

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Renner said he’s not concerned that the legislation could create a mass exodus from public schools.

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House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell disagrees, calling the bill “alarming.”

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