Florida teachers union sues over bill expanding school vouchers

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, announced Wednesday that a Lee County teacher filed a lawsuit over a law that will, among other things, allow more students to access the controversial Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which provided grants to about 60,000 low-income students across the state during the last school year.

The new law, which was passed on the last day of the legislative session, increases income eligibility levels and requires more audits and reviews of private schools that serve scholarship students; and allows students with disabilities to receive more educational services through a separate program.

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