April 30, 2024 11:04 am

Florida Needs More Transparency and Accountability Around School Vouchers

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The state’s expansion of the existing voucher program through HB 1 was massively ambitious and issues with implementation quickly became evident. Floridians called into question expenditures of education savings accounts when it was revealed that funds were being used for theme park tickets, paddleboards, and large screen TVs; additionally, some private schools stated that they were not receiving tuition payments in a timely manner. Florida Policy Institute and its partners called on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to share data on the number and characteristics of students receiving vouchers, including the income levels of students receiving vouchers and whether students had previously been in public schools.

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