TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A wide-ranging House bill would increase the amount of money given to students under the state’s de facto school-voucher program and make more children eligible for scholarships aimed at students with disabilities.READ MORE: North Miami Beach PD Needs Help Locating 15-Year-old Jeimy Henrriquez
The legislation, filed Wednesday by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, would increase the payments in the voucher-like Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
Payments for children in private elementary schools would be as much as 88 percent of the public school per-student funding amount. It would be 92 percent for children in middle school and 96 percent for those in high school.READ MORE: Former US Rep. Carrie Meek Passes Away At 95
Maximum awards under the program now amount to 82 percent of the per-student funding for public schools.
The House bill also would make changes, similar to a Senate measure, to the “Gardiner scholarships” meant to help parents pay for educational services for children with disabilities. It would increase spending on the program to $200 million, make students with a wider range of conditions eligible and allow the scholarships to be used to pay for more services, including therapies involving music, art, and horsemanship.MORE NEWS: Officer Injured, Suspect Dead Following Coral Gables Police-Involved Shooting
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.