New Scholarships Allow Children with Disabilities to Personalize Their Education
GAINESVILLE - Florida is only the second state in the country to offer these kinds of scholarships...and for parents of children with disabilities this new funding could be a game-changer.
The Florida legislature approved $18.5 million for the Personal Learning Scholarship Account in an effort to help parents choose educational plans for their children with special needs.
Sign-ups begin tomorrow and there will be around 1,800 children who could be helped this year.
One mother says she will be signing up so she can help individualize the education of her fifth grader who has Down's syndrome.
Barbara Misener, signing up for scholarship: "whether its geared toward therapy or whether its geared towards academics, whatever they chose to focus on as far as the needs of their child you are allowed to do that."
And just as the sign-ups begin a lawsuit by the Florida teacher's union against HB 850 - that included this piece of legislation - has been filed.
They claim that bill was approved incorrectly.
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