Florida Fast Facts

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  • 40%

    Floridians think K–12 education in Florida is headed in the right direction.

Top Reasons Florida Parents Choose Schools
  1. Religious environment/instruction
  2. Morals/character/values instruction
  3. Safe environment
  4. Academic reputation
  5. Small classes

Surveying Florida Scholarship Families

How Florida Parents Heard About Educational Choice Programs
  1. Friends or Relatives
  2. House of Worship
  3. Other Scholarship Family
  4. Internet
  5. Step Up for Students

Surveying Florida Scholarship Families


Florida Private School Fast Facts
  • 125,000

    estimated open seats in private schools

  • 75%

    of private schools serve students with special needs

  • 76%

    provide some form of financial assistance to students

Florida K–12 Education Spending

$33.9 Billion

Total Florida Public Education Revenue

U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Common Core of Data (CCD)

Data last updated 6/2022.

Florida Student Transportation
  • $700

    Avg. District Busing Expenditure Per Pupil

  • 6.4%

    Total Spending Per Pupil

U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Common Core of Data (CCD)

Data last updated 6/2022.


Florida does not require districts to provide transportation for inter-district transfer students.

Charter School

Mandatory transportation funding through contiguous districts only.

Private School

Private school students may be transported on public school buses, and public school students may be transported on private school buses, where there is a mutual agreement between the local school board and the private school Hope and Tax Credit Scholarship programs provide transportation funding.

State Student Transportation Statutes

Inter-District: Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 1002.31 and 1002.20

Charter Schools: F.S.A. § 1006.21(d)5; §§ 1002.33 and 1002.31

Private Schools: Fla. Stat. Ann. § 316.6146

Transporting School Choice Students, 2020

Drive Times from Scholarship-Accepting Private Schools in Florida