FLDOE: More Than 1,200 Students Using New Disability Learning Scholarships

Jan 6, 2015

There are now more than a thousand students who have tapped into Florida’s newest school choice program.

Lawmakers created a new program to help families of some disabled students pay for their education last year. In a presentation in the House Tuesday, the Florida Department of Education’s Adam Miller says enrollment has doubled.

“As of this morning we had 1,222 students that have received scholarships thus far. We have another couple hundred that are in the queue right now that we anticipate going out in the next couple of weeks.”

The special accounts were swept up into a larger challenge to the way the bill creating them, was approved by the Florida legislature. The Republican-led legislature also expanded eligibility for the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. A judge recently dismissed the case, but other lawsuits against the state’s school choice programs, continue.