Ron DeSantis Signs School Choice Legislation, Expanding It to ‘Every Single Student’ in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed into law Monday an important education act, expanding school choices to “all students in Florida.”

Speaking at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, DeSantis announced the benefits of a historic law expanding school choices for all children in the state.

“It will do so by removing the current economic eligibility restrictions and allowing all students who are Florida residents and who are eligible to enter K-12 to participate in the School Choice Scholarship.” he said. Low- and middle-income households. ”

“But at the end of the day, we believe money should follow students and be directed based on what parents think is the most appropriate educational program for their child,” the governor said. , the measure also eliminates “current enrollment caps and exemptions to the maximum number of students who can participate in Family Empowerment Scholarships for Educational Opportunities.”

He went on to highlight other aspects of the bill:

The bill also increases the number of scholarships for students with unique abilities and removes the requirement that at least one of the 24 credits required for graduation must be completed online. After all, learning in person is great and shouldn’t force you to take credit online, but you do have the option to do so. We are also seeking to develop an online portal that will enable them to choose the best educational option for their children. And it’s not just this bill that’s limited in choice.

In fact, we do more. It expands opportunities for teachers by removing vocational barriers and formalities, especially by waiving the general knowledge requirement for teachers who have had three years of classroom support. It has been evaluated as valid for the past three years, extended the duration of temporary teaching certificates from three to five years, and the State Board of Education incorporated input from relevant stakeholders to review the Code of Education. Requests to recommend additional obsolescence and revisions. Public school regulations.

“So this bill is a big game changer,” he continued, arguing that Florida leads the country in terms of education options.

Notably, this came shortly after DeSantis signed the Custody in Education Bill into law a year ago in March 2022. In effect, the measure prohibits classroom discussion of a child’s sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through her third grade. The Florida Board of Education is considering expanding that aspect to all grades.

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