Senate Passes Bill to Expand Options for Students with Special Needs

Senate Passes Bill to Expand Options for Students with Special Needs

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Foundation for Florida’s Future issued the following statement today on the passage of House Bill 15 by the Florida Senate.

"Students with special needs, like all students, deserve a quality education and access to the learning environments that will help them achieve their fullest potential. By expanding this program to students with rare diseases, Florida leaders are helping more children achieve educational success. We commend Senator David Simmons and Senator Denise Grimsley for their unwavering commitment to Florida’s students with special needs and their education.” said Debbie Mortham, Foundation for Florida's Future Florida Legislative Director

The legislation, as amended by the Florida Senate, would expand the benefits of a customized education to Florida K-12 students with rare diseases. The scholarship program is currently serving more than 7,500 Florida children with unique abilities.

HB 15 also increases the state’s commitment to students who participate in Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program. More than 98,000 Florida students participate in this program today that has a proven track record of educational gains for students and savings for Florida’s taxpayers.

Earlier this session, Jeanne Boggs, a parent of a Gardiner Scholarship student, urged legislative leaders to expand the program because of the tremendous difference the Gardiner Scholarship has made in the lives of children with special needs.

Visit Foundation for Florida’s Future – 2017 Legislative Session for more information on student-centered, teacher- and parent-friendly bills.

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