Measure to raise cap on state’s voucher system signed into law

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A measure that would raise the cap on the state’s voucher system, funded by tax credits to corporations who contribute to scholarship funds, was approved Friday by Gov. Rick Scott, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (HB 859) would increase the amount of credits available for the 2012-13 school year to $229 million, up more than $50 million for the current school year and more than $10 million over a scheduled increase to just under $219 million. The measure also loosens restrictions on which students can take advantage of the program,  getting rid of the requirement that students in second through fifth grade have to have attended a public school the year before they accept a scholarship.

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