From a Friend of the Coalition, Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.' s Facebook Page: "
Florida lawmakers voted to:
Expand Eligibility & More than Double Funding for Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts:
Increased funding for this program and expanded eligibility will give more students with special needs opportunities for better outcomes on their educational paths. Funding for PLSAs more than doubles the first-year investment from $18.4 million to $55 million, and eligibility is expanded to include Autism Spectrum Disorder, muscular dystrophy, and otherwise-eligible three and four year olds. Among other improvements made, lawmakers agreed to provide a three percent administrative fee (not deducted from student scholarships) to support the program’s operational costs and help ensure families have access to the information and administrative assistance they need to participate fully in this innovative program.
Give Teachers State-covered Liability Insurance Protection:
Florida’s full-time teachers will no longer have to pay to obtain liability insurance as they work to shape children's lives. Lawmakers voted for the state to purchase this protection for a relatively low cost per teacher, creating and funding the program as a benefit that allows educators to focus on teaching without having to worry about frivolous claims."