Statement from Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, on HB 7067, which was approved today by the House Appropriations Committee.

“House lawmakers took major steps to expand options for Florida’s hardworking low- and middle-income families.

“By increasing the number of Florida Empowerment Scholarships offered annually and expanding the income eligibility for more families to participate, thousands of additional hardworking families will benefit from the power to find the school that best fits their child’s unique needs.

“Additionally, the House took an important step to allow first and second graders who meet the income requirements but didn’t attend a public school in the prior year to qualify for a scholarship.  This ensures students can participate in the program without having to leave the current school that is working for them.”

For more on educational options in Florida, visit In addition, families can see what opportunities they may qualify for at