By LuAnne Schendel March 2019
The House Appropriations Committee has approved H.B. 7075, which creates a new state scholarship for students who are stuck on a waiting list for Florida Tax Credit Scholarships.
The Family Empowerment Scholarship would be funded by tax dollars and be available for about 28,000 students in the next school year, including the 13,000 or so on the FTC waiting list.
But the bill does reduce the scholarship amounts by more than $1,000 for students in high schools; by $800 or more for middle-schoolers; and by $500 or more for 4th- and 5th-graders. Assistance in administering the program is provided by Step Up For Students.