- By Amy Tribolet
On Jan. 13, the Florida Senate unanimously passed legislation to expand educational choices for children with special needs. On Jan. 21, the bill was signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
According to tbo.com, “the bill would provide $73 million to the Personal Spending Account program and make it a permanent part of the Florida statutes.” The bill would also provide scholarships to around 7,300 families to spend on educational needs of a child with special learning needs or developmental disabilities.
This bill also allows for colleges and universities “to offer a Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program for students with disabilities and a statewide clearinghouse with information for parents.”
Additionally, eligibility would be extended to 3- and 4- year olds, as well as children with muscular dystrophy.
The Gardiner Scholarship Fund, named after Florida Senate President, Andy Gardiner, is seen as a special win for many reasons. Gardiner was motivated to move this bill forward, as his oldest child has Down syndrome.
- Published on February 04, 2016
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