Don't shortchange Florida's public schools

Friday, April 18, 2014

I'll admit it. During my time in the Florida Legislature, I was generally supportive of school vouchers. I bought into the argument that vouchers were similar in effect to the GI bill and the Florida Resident Access Grants, better known as FRAG.

The GI bill, a highly successful program, helps military veterans pay for college courses. Under the FRAG program, the state pays for a portion of tuition at Florida's private colleges, deferring the higher costs of expanding our colleges and universities to keep up with demand.

Both of these programs, however, deal with higher education. Advocating for elementary, middle and high school vouchers carries a different challenge, namely to avoid conflicting with the Florida Constitution.

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