Florida may hand out school vouchers to bullied students

AP News
Posted: Jan 23, 2018 3:23 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida students who get bullied may get taxpayer help to attend a private school.

A Senate panel on Monday voted for a bill that would allow students who are victims of bullying, physical attack, robbery and other types of violence to move to a different public school or receive a private school voucher.

The legislation (SB 1172) is a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran and a similar bill (HB 1) is already moving through the Republican-controlled House.

Democrats on the Senate Education Committee voted against the bill. Several said they were concerned about expanding the use of private school vouchers in the state.

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Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano is a bill sponsor. He says the legislation is meant to help students who now feel they are trapped.