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Expanded Florida corporate tax credit scholarship vouchers appear to be going fast



Florida lawmakers who pushed to increase the cap for the state's corporate tax credit scholarships, which low-income children can use at private schools, claimed the need was evident in the lengthy waiting list for the vouchers.

The numbers seem to be bearing that out.

As of this week, the Step Up for Students program has recorded about 51,000 started applications for a projected 39,000 scholarships, group vice president for policy and public affairs Jon East told the Gradebook.

More students are eligible than in the past, because Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a new rule that allows children in grades kindergarten through fourth grade to apply regardless of whether they attended a public school last year. In the past, only students in K-1 without any time in a public school were able to participate.

"The process is active now," East said. "If you want to get in the program, you better do it quick."

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:13pm]


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