The Tallahassee Democrat reports:
Hope Scholarship vouchers would be made available to parents who don’t want their children wearing masks in school districts which require them, under a proposed policy set for review Friday by the state Board of Education.
With the scholarship, parents who want to avoid mask mandates could transfer their kids to another public school, or get taxpayer-funded seats in a private school where they wouldn’t have to wear face coverings.
But the move by the DeSantis administration seems to acknowledge he may not have the authority to reverse recent action by school boards in Duval, Broward and Alachua counties to require masks.
Read the full article.
Hope Scholarships are funded by the state lottery.
Florida students may get school vouchers to avoid wearing masks https://t.co/x5wyzIqJxy
— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) August 5, 2021
NEW: Florida Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow morning to discuss allowing families to take their children’s education dollars elsewhere if their public school’s masking rules “pose a health or educational danger to their child.”
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) August 5, 2021
The proposed rule says parents would be allowed to apply for Hope scholarships — whose legislative intent was to help bullied students — when a “school district’s COVID-19 health protocols, including masking, pose a health or educational danger to their child.” https://t.co/DVUAe8Hkhd
— Ana Ceballos (@anaceballos_) August 5, 2021