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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.

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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.

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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.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.