More vouchers, but more slowly
Rebuffed in efforts to offer school vouchers more broadly, Florida lawmakers now are looking at a way to extend them to more children on a more narrow basis. The potential recipient this time: Foster children. Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. John Legg, R-New Port Richey, have filed identical bills that would give foster kids - 500 at first - the ability to attend whatever school they like, public or private, at the state's expense. If successful, the number would grow. The provision would be part of the state's Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Explains Legg: "The needs for them are so great. And there are schools in some places in Florida that serve the needs of foster kids" much more effectively than large, often impersonal mainstream schools.