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.