Plan to expand school vouchers in Florida goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis


Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday formally received a major education bill that includes the addition of a new school vouchers program.

DeSantis will have until May 21 to act on the bill (SB 7070) and is expected to sign it. In part, the bill calls for creating the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, which would use state money next year to pay for as many as 18,000 students to attend private schools.

Supporters argued that the bill, which received final approval last week from the House, would give parents the ability to choose the best schools for their children.

But many Democrats said it would strip money from public schools.

The bill also includes a series of other education changes, such as revamping the Best and Brightest teacher-bonus program.

Also Monday, DeSantis received a bill (SB 7098) that would carry out a constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 7, passed by voters in November. The bill would set death benefits that would be paid if law-enforcement officers, firefighters, other first responders and military members are killed while on duty.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.