On Monday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly gave his signature of approval to a piece of legislation that established a program for universal school choice.
Under the provisions of House Bill 1, which was sponsored by the Education Quality Subcommittee, an Education Savings Accounts program will be established.
This program will make it possible for every family to receive up to $8,000 to cover education costs that are not covered by the public school system.
The vouchers will be awarded on a priority basis, with the monies being given to households with four members who have an annual income of less than $51,000 initially.
The former school choice program in Florida was restricted to families with low incomes and kids with disabilities.
A total of 1.3 million pupils participated in the program.
The prior program had a waitlist for students who wanted to participate.
With DeSantis’ signature, Florida became the sixth state in the last two years to move toward universal school choice.
Arizona was the first state to enact universal school choice, making all K-12 students eligible for state-funded vouchers.
Florida became the sixth state in the last two years to move toward universal school choice.
On March 8, Republican Governor Sarah Sanders of Arkansas signed a piece of legislation into law that would establish a universal school choice program by the 2025-2026 school year.
This program will take effect in the following school year.