DeSantis plan: FL families could be well over poverty threshold and still get public dollars for private school

(Florida Phoenix)

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s proposed school voucher expansion across Florida is not targeted specifically for poor families – which have historically been beneficiaries of the programs that allow students to attend private schools with public dollars.

New details emerging about the governor’s “Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program” — proposed last week — show students could be eligible for a “scholarship” (voucher) to attend private school if their family’s household income is as high as 265 percent of the federal poverty level.

That would be roughly $68,000 for a family of four, according to 2019 figures from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — more than double the federal poverty guideline of $25,750 for a family of four. That figure also would be more than the median household income in Florida and the United States, which has been below $60,000 in recent years, according to U.S. Census data.