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Sink, Scott should support vouchers, coalition says



A coalition of voucher supporters are pressing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink and Republican rival Rick Scott to support tax-credit scholarships. At this point, coalition members say, it's not clear where either one comes down on the controversial but rapidly growing program.

"We'll lay out the question and wait for the answer," Julio Fuentes, president and CEO of the Hispanic Council for Reform in Educational Options, one of the coalition members, told The Gradebook.

Scott's campaign site says he supports vouchers, but he also wants to eliminate the state corporate income tax - the main funding stream for tax-credit scholarships. Sink's campaign site doesn't mention vouchers at all.

The coalition has slated a press conference Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale. Members include Hispanic CREO, the Florida League of United Latin American Citizens, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the Black Ministers Parental Choice Alliance and Agudath Israel of Florida, which represents about 100 Orthodox Jewish rabbis and synagogues.

[Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 5:04pm]


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