Florida School Officials Seek Clarity on Rules for Private-School Scholarships to Bullied Students

Now that private-school scholarships for bullied Florida students are a reality, public school district leaders want to know exactly who will qualify for the available funds.

They made clear Wednesday their concerns that the program could be ripe for abuse by families more interested in getting vouchers than in protecting  children who really were victimized.

“The way the statute reads, we would have to make the scholarship [notification] available even if the allegations were not merited,” Santa Rosa County assistant superintendent Bill Emerson said during an hour-long rule-making conference call. “What we’re asking is if we’ve interpreted that correctly.”

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