State cash to send bullied students to private schools? Not so fast | Our View

On its face, House Bill 1 sounds like an effective countermeasure to bullying in Florida’s public schools.

If your child is the victim of a bully in a public school, she or he could receive a state voucher — up to $7,000, depending on the child’s grade level — to transfer to a private school. Or maybe the bullied student wants to transfer to another public school. HB 1, also known as the Hope Scholarship Program, would provide up to $750 to help cover transportation costs.

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students would be eligible for a scholarship if they have “been subjected to an incident of battery, harassment, hazing, bullying” or other offenses, including kidnapping, physical attack and robbery, according to the bill.

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