TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1, the state’s “transformative” charter school voucher program, into law Monday while speaking at an “education Freedom” event in Miami.
“The state of Florida is number one when it comes to education freedom and education choice and today’s bill signing cements us in that number one position because we will be signing legislation which will represent the largest expansion of education choice, not only in the history of this state, but the history of these United States,” DeSantis said. “That is a big deal.”
HB 1 promises to expand school choice to every Florida student by eliminating the current financial eligibility restrictions and allowing eligible students to enroll in K-12 to participate in school choice scholarships.
“This bill increased the number of scholarships with unique scholarships and eliminates the requirement that at least one of 24 credits needed to graduate will be completed through online learning,” DeSantis added. “At the end of the day, learning in person is great and we should not force any credits to be online.”
“The bill also provides a lot of flexibility for our public schools, streamlines the certification process to continue to make sure that our schools can compete,” Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz said. “This creates an ecosystem where all of our schools across the board, whether they are charter, private, or district schools can compete and provide the best education for our children.”
“This bill delivers on a promise that many of us have made for a long time. That every student should get every dollar for every choice that they and their parents think best for their child,” State Rep. Randy fine previously told WFLA’s Libbey Dean.