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Florida's Personal Learning Scholarship Account

October 5, 2014


Julie Kleffel

Diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Julie’s daughter Faith could be helped by Florida’s recently passed Personal Learning Scholarship Account, giving her a better opportunity to succeed in the comfort of her own home.

Melissa Ward

Melissa’s son Ethan has cerebral palsy, making physical things difficult to accomplish. With Florida’s Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, Ethan’s family would have the resources to get him the therapy he needs, while saving money for the state.

Ashli McCall

Ashli’s son Emmil has autism, making a traditional public school a difficult learning environment for him. However, this makes him eligible for Florida’s new Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, giving him the chance to receive therapies that would help his diagnosis. Yet, the FEA threatens to strike down this program, despite the large number of students it could help.


-Step Up For Students: Special Needs Scholarship
-Goldwater Institute: Faasse v. Scott Case Page

In The News

-Examiner: Florida’s PLSA has joined Arizona’s ESA (6/27/2014)
-The Daily Caller: Union Sues to Block School Vouchers for Disabled (7/16/2014)
-Miami Herald: Florida Teachers Union Files Legal Challenge To Expansion Law (7/16/2014)
-Headlines & Global News: School Vouchers for Disabled Students Blocked by Florida’s Teachers Union Challenge (7/17/2014)
-Florida Watchdog: Teachers Union Takes on Florida School Choice Law (7/18/2014)
-Sun-Sentinel: New Scholarships Available for Special Needs Students (7/21/2014)
-Education News: Scholarship for Florida Special Needs Students Debuts, with Criticism (7/23/2014)
-The Gainesville Sun: Lawsuit Challenges Scholarship Program (7/24/2014)
-Cato Institute: Florida Parents Fight for Educational Choice (7/31/2014)
-WFSU: Families with Disabled Kids Fire Back Against Teacher’s Union Lawsuit Over New Program (7/31/2014)
-Miami Herald: Families Say FEA’s School Choice Lawsuit Will Hurt Special Needs Kids (7/31/2014)

For more information, please contact Michael Kelley with the Goldwater Institute at (602) 633-8965 or




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