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Florida Leads the Way with Tax-Funded School Voucher Program

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Governor Ron DeSantis

Governor Ron DeSantis
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by John Haughey, WatchDog.com

It took combative committee hearings and marathon floor debates to overcome “third rail” resistance to expanding Florida’s school choice voucher program, but none of that rancor was evident recently at a private Miami Gardens school where Governor Ron DeSantis signed the hard-fought bill into law.

“I personally believe, as a matter of philosophy, that parents know what’s best for their kids,” DeSantis said while flanked by Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez and bill sponsor Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Miami, at William J. Kirlew Junior Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist K-8 school with a predominantly African American student body.

“What this will do, in one fell swoop,” he added, is offer “opportunity for thousands and thousands of low-income students.”

With that, DeSantis signed Diaz’s Senate Bill SB 7070 into law, creating the $130 million Family Empowerment Scholarship, which will be offered to 18,000 students next fall.

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