ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis could launch a new effort Friday to help students from low-income families.
- Governor to make announcement at 9:15 a.m., today
- He may push for expanding programs to help students go to private schools
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The governor is making what his office calls a “major announcement” at an Orlando school Friday morning.
The announcement will take place at Calvary City Academy, a private Christian school in Orlando‘s Oak Ridge community where hundreds of students have scholarships to attend Calvary City Academy.
The governor is expected to push for expanding programs to help students enroll in schools like Calvary City.
“I think they’re essential for providing people with opportunity and it’s something that I discussed in the campaign and it’s something you can count on me to support,” said the Republican governor last week at a private school in Longwood.
During the February 4th event, DeSantis promised to award $19 million to the Gardiner Scholarship program, which helps families send their children with learning disabilities to specialized schools.
The governor is also interested in expanding funding for Florida’s Corporate Tax Credit School Voucher Program, which gives poor students attending underperforming public schools the opportunity to go to a private school, like this one here in Oak Ridge.
For years, there have been calls to expand that program, but doing that could take state funding, and the state Supreme Court has ruled that would be unconstitutional.
However, DeSantis has been able to replace the entire liberal wing of the court with three conservative leaning justices, which could help Republican leaders expand school choice this year.
Critics are concerned that could hurt public schools.
The governor will make that major announcement with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran at 9:15 a.m., Friday.