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For Immediate Release: Opening Round Win For Education Savings Accounts In Florida Court

October 6, 2014

(9/24/2014) “The opening round goes to the families,” said Clint Bolick, Vice President for Litigation at the  Goldwater Institute, “We hope this ends the legal battle, but we are prepared to continue this important program and the educational opportunities it provides.

Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts provide thousands of Florida families with special needs children, the ability to customize their child’s educational experience. Funds assigned to that student, are placed into an education savings account that parents can manage. They can use the funds to pay for a variety of educational services such as: instructional materials, curriculum, occupational and physical therapy services,  private school tuition, prepaid college tuition, and contracted public school services.

Florida adopted the school choice program earlier this year, and more than 1,800 special needs students are enrolled, with 3,000 applications received since enrollment began in July.

The program is being challenged by the Florida Education Association, which contends the bill violates the “single subject” requirement of the state constitution.

The families are represented by the Goldwater Institute, which has defended similar school choice programs nationwide.                                                             

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To schedule an interview with Clint Bolick, please contact Michael Kelley at the Goldwater Institute at (602) 633-8965 or mkelley@goldwaterinstitute.org. If you are affiliated with a national network, the Goldwater Institute has an in-house VideoLink studio for rapid cable hook-up at no cost, and can make Institute spokespeople available for live in-person interviews upon request.

 

 

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