Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Florida’s free money if you home school your children bill
I don’t know of anybody who is forced to home school their children. This is a choice well the Legislature in their lack of infinite wisdom has decided to reward this choice.
Education “Reimbursement” Account was another voucher-like idea work-shopped by the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee. These accounts are designed for certain students who are home schooled to access funding for educational and therapeutic services. Eligible students include those who are eligible to enroll in grades K-5 (and, going forward, for any student who has an existing reimbursement account – i.e. this could include students in higher grades that enrolled in the program while in grades K-5); who have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and are eligible for matrix support levels III-V or have an Educational Plan (EP) from his home school district (this would include gifted students); and who enroll in a home education program. These reimbursement accounts would be funded in the same manner as the John McKay Scholarship Program – i.e. the calculated student funding amount would be deducted from the school district’s FEFP funding and transferred to a scholarship funding organization. The funding could be used for specialized instructional services consistent with the student's IEP, tuition/fees for private school instructional services, private tutoring, and other purposes. Today’s workshop was intended as an exploratory discussion about the concept of reimbursement accounts – no official action was taken – but it is likely that this concept will be presented in a proposed committee bill. The Senate version is SB 1512 by Stargel.
Here is an idea if you want services offered by public schools go to public schools. If public schools aren’t as good as you want them to be work to make them better. The legislature should not be subsidizing their choices.