Fla. House to Take Up School Choice Voucher Plan

Moving quickly, a House panel next week will take up a proposal that could lead to a major expansion of school vouchers in Florida. The House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee is scheduled Jan. 26 to take up the bill (HB 1), which is sponsored by subcommittee Chairwoman Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid. House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, held a news conference Thursday to release the proposal, which would make every student in Florida eligible for vouchers and essentially set up what are known as education savings accounts.

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Tuck said the proposal would allow parents to create a “customized and tailored education system that fits best for their students.” But the proposal drew criticism from Democrats, with House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, calling it a “continuation of Republican attacks on our public education system that helped create the American Dream by providing education to the poor and rich alike.”

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The House will hold committee and subcommittee meetings over three days next week as it continues preparing for the annual legislative session, which will start March 7.

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