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Florida lawmakers look to give tax credits to businesses that back career ed



It's still not a fully formed idea, but some key Florida lawmakers are exploring a way to expand the corporate tax credit scholarship program -- which helps poor children escape underperforming public schools -- to support career and technical education.

State Rep. Will Weatherford, a Wesley Chapel Republican who chairs the House workforce appropriations committee, told the Gradebook that he and others are working on a bill that would take a percentage of the money that goes to the voucher program and give it to county education foundations. The caveat would be that the money must support workforce programs.

No one knows how much money might be available or what the details would look like. But "there's some appetite to look at that," Weatherford said. "There could be some baby steps" in the coming months.

Jon East, spokesman for the group that oversees the voucher program, told the Gradebook that his organization is highly supportive of the concept and will help to draft legislation.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:31am]


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