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Florida has 3 educational choice programs.

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    Florida – Gardiner Scholarship Program

    Education Savings Account

    Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship Program provides parents funds to pay for a variety of educational services for their children, including private school tuition, tutoring, online education, curriculum, therapy, textbooks, digital devices, courses at eligible post-secondary educational institutions in Florida, specialized after-school programs, transition services, fees for the annual evaluation of the educational progress of the child, fees for home education programs, and other defined educational services. Students may also purchase services, including part-time courses, from public schools.
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    Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Tax-Credit Scholarship

    This tax-credit scholarship program was enacted and launched in 2001 to serve students from low-income households. Of America’s school choice programs, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program is one of the largest in terms of student participation. Learn more about it on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history and more.
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  • 3

    Florida – John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program

    Voucher

    Florida’s John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program was enacted and launched in 1999, making it the nation’s first school voucher program for students with special needs. The Florida legislature expanded the program in 2000. Learn more about the most up-to-date program details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history and more.
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Florida

Florida has 3 educational choice programs.

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RESEARCH REPORT

The Tax-Credit Scholarship Audit

In The Tax-Credit Scholarship Audit, EdChoice Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis Dr. Martin Lueken follows up on previous work examining the fiscal effects of private school choice programs on state governments, state and local taxpayers and school districts. This report analyzes savings from tax-credit scholarship programs, which allow individuals and businesses to reduce their state tax liability by making a private donation to a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools of their choice. This audit looks at 10 tax-credit scholarship programs operating in seven states between 1997 and 2014. These 10 programs cover 93 percent of total scholarships awarded to students participating in tax-credit scholarship programs nationwide.

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How Do ESAs Work?

What is an education savings account (ESA), and how does it work? How are these programs funded? And how can parents use ESA debit cards to customize a child’s education? This video answers all these questions in more in under a minute. Watch for helpful, simple information on what ESAs are all about.

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