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Universal voucher bills filed by Florida lawmakers



Well, it may be an issue after all: Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Rep. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg have filed bills in the Florida Legislature that would create what some call "education savings accounts" and others call "vouchers for all."

The filings come after weeks of speculation that "universal voucher" legislation wouldn't be filed this year, given the lukewarm response from other voucher supporters that followed the initial pitch from Gov. Rick Scott and Patricia Levesque, the Jeb Bush aide who headed Scott's education transition team. Even Scott seemed to be backing away.

It still remains to be seen how much traction the bills will get.

"I don’t see that happening," House speaker pro tem John Legg, R-Port Richey, said of education savings accounts, when speaking to the Pasco County School Board on Tuesday. "With that said, I don’t have a crystal ball. Members can file legislation. It’s open for discussion."

He added, though, that if the idea does come up, he doesn't expect it to move.

- Ron Matus and Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times staff writers



[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 11:49am]


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