StudentsFirst praises Legislature for strengthening tax credit scholarships

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Bipartisan education reform advocates StudentsFirst Florida are delighted with the Florida House and Senate for passing the tax-credit scholarship on Friday.

The bill, which is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, will increase the use of tax-funded vouchers for students of low-income families to attend private schools.

StudentsFirst Florida spokesperson Lane Wright issued a statement praising the Legislature for increasing the tax credit scholarship, saying the expansion will give low-income students “more options for lifting themselves out of what may often seem like hopeless circumstances.”

“Children who need it most will have a chance to get a better education, end generational poverty in their families, and secure a brighter future for themselves and their children,” Wright said.

“On behalf of the parents and students we represent, we extend our sincere gratitude to those who fought to find common ground on this school choice bill,” Wright added. “We look forward to working with these leaders in the future to expand the program cap and help more kids participate in the program.”

StudentsFirst is the education reform association founded in 2011 by former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Currently, the group includes more than 100,000 parents, teachers, small-business owners and concerned citizens in 18 states, helping to enact more than 110 student-centered policies nationwide. StudentsFirst’s goal is pushing for the best schools and teachers for every student.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.