Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, released the following statement on Senate Bill 7070 passed today by the Florida House of Representatives that would create the Family Empowerment Scholarship program.

“The Family Empowerment Scholarship program builds upon two decades of nationally recognized progress in expanding quality educational options for Florida students.

“We commend President Bill Galvano, Speaker Jose Oliva, Chair Manny Diaz, Jr., Chair Jennifer Sullivan and the many lawmakers who championed this important program throughout session.

“Their leadership, commitment and courage in continuing Florida’s strong tradition of educational choice will help thousands of families find the best educational fit for their children.”

The Family Empowerment Scholarship Program would provide education scholarships to participating private schools for thousands of students across Florida.