More Florida students to be eligible for opportunity scholarships
More struggling Florida schools could see their students jump ship in the fall than in the past, with the Florida Legislature having opened the door for them to head out.
During the spring, lawmakers changed the rules for opportunity scholarships, broadening the eligibility requirements that had limited the program in 2010-11 to just 24 schools.
To that point, students in schools that had earned an F grade in the current year and also once more in the past three years could transfer to a higher performing schools using an opportunity scholarship. The new rules, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, state that any student attending a school that made a D or F grade and also an accountability rating of Intervene or Correct II could transfer out under the program.
That means the numbers of eligible students will rise fairly dramatically, said Ed Croft, director of the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Evaluation and Reporting. He did not have a full report on the extent of the expansion, and said the information should be available in a week.
The FLDOE reports that schools earning a D in the state's school grading system rose 5 percent, to 117, while those receiving an F decreased by 1 percent, to 31.