TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A new school voucher program is closer to being a reality after the Florida Senate passed a bill for the program on Thursday.
The Senate voted 23-17 to create the “Family Empowerment Scholarship,” which would spend taxpayer money to send students from lower-income families to private schools.READ MORE: FBI: Body Found Near Search Area For Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito Consistent With Her Description
Democrats opposed the bill, saying it would divert money from public schools to send them to schools that aren’t held to the same accountability standards. But Republicans said the bill also gives school districts money to recruit and retain teachers, as well as money targeted to help struggling schools.READ MORE: Massive Search Underway For Brian Laundrie, Fiancé Of Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito
The new voucher program would be capped at 18,000 students in its first year. The bill is a priority for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
A similar measure is being considered by the House.MORE NEWS: MDPD Seeking Driver Who Hit, Killed Man Riding Mini Scooter In Florida City
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