TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 7029 into law, approving a policy that will implement public school choice statewide in Florida. Originally championed by Senator Benacquisto and Representative Sprowls, this policy empowers parents with the ability to choose the best educational path for their child by allowing them to choose any public school in the state, as long as it has space available. It also gives parents the ability to request a classroom change when it is not the best fit for their child, and increases transparency by requiring districts to inform parents annually about the amount of total funding spent on their child.
Foundation for Florida’s Future Executive Director Patricia Levesque shared the following statement on the policy becoming Florida law:
“Led by great administrators and staffed by excellent teachers, Florida public schools are performing better than ever. It only makes sense that we give them a larger role in the school choice movement. This legislation removes district boundary lines as barriers blocking students from attending public schools that best meet their needs. More children now will have a chance to succeed in the classroom, which reflects the ongoing commitment by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to make our public education system the best in the country.”