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Gov. Bush: Legislation Brings Florida Closer to Educational Freedom



Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education released the following statement on the signing of House Bill 7055 by Governor Rick Scott.

Today is a life-changing day for thousands of Florida families, especially those who have faced significant barriers to finding the right learning environment for their child.

 

“Every parent, regardless of ZIP code or financial status, deserves the opportunity to make the best decisions for their children.

 

“I applaud Governor Scott and members of the Florida Legislature for expanding educational freedom in our state. Not only will Florida families benefit, but these commonsense solutions will provide a model for other states to effectively and compassionately prepare each and every student for success in the classroom and in life.”

 

More about House Bill 7055:
This legislation expands educational opportunities for Florida families, including those with students with special needs, students reading significantly below grade level and students who have been bullied or harassed.

  • Establishes the Hope Scholarship Program for students who have been subjected to bullying or harassment so that they can attend another public or private school.
  • Creates Reading Scholarship Accounts for students in grade 3-5 who are struggling readers. The program, which is the first of its kind in the country, would give priority to students who are English learners.
  • Opens an additional funding source beginning in the 2019-20 school year for the Gardiner Scholarship Program, which empowers parents of students with special needs with the resources to customize their child’s education.
  • Improves accountability and transparency in Florida’s private school choice scholarship programs and provides the Florida Department of Education with the financial resources to implement the legislative changes.
  • Strengthens the autonomy of Florida’s public charter schools, which serve more than 280,000 students.
  • Restores equal and open access to dual enrollment courses for all Florida students.