Voucher bill headed to governor's desk
The folks that bring you Florida's corporate tax credit scholarships took no time in announcing the Senate's 26-11 passage of HB 453, which would permit insurance companies to participate and make it easier for families to apply.
Unlike in the House, where half the Democratic members backed the measure, Senate Democratic support was more muted. But Step Up For Students leaders took heart in the fact that half the legislative Black Caucus and the entire Hispanic Caucus voted for the bill.
Way back in the beginning (2001), the concept was created with just one Democrat on board.
“It’s so gratifying to see how far we have come politically,” Step Up for Students founder John Kirtley (in the yellow shirt) said in a news release. “The more that people know about our program, the more they can see that we’re a partner with public schools, that our goal is to help public education fulfill the promise of equal opportunity.”
Currently, about 23,400 low-income families use the scholarship program to send their children to about 1,000 different private schools.