HB1 is not good for education for so many reasons!
Top Line Talking Points
This is a BAD bill. Universal vouchers and Educational Savings Accounts will defund the public schools that are the overwhelming choice of parents, will do nothing to improve educational outcomes for most students who attend these schools, and will enrich private schools without saving families money as This is a BAD bill.
Supporting Facts & Data
• 61% of students who go to voucher schools return to public school within 2 years. The average student loses 1 year of learning after 2 years at a voucher school.
• Over 85% of families choose to send their students to public schools. Almost 80% of students go to their neighborhood public schools.
• Neighborhood public schools are underfunded. Florida ranks 48th in public education funding, and funding for Florida’s public schools is down 17.5% in inflation adjusted dollars since 2007. In states where similar programs have been implemented, 80%+ of taxpayer money goes to families already paying for private school tuition.
• Voucher amounts will not pay the full tuition cost of the prestigious private schools that families imagine their student can attend. Prestigious private schools do not need to admit students who receive vouchers.
• 1598 of 2311 voucher schools in Florida are unaccredited (69%). Most voucher schools that low income families can afford are strip mall schools with unqualified teachers, workbooks instead of rigorous curriculum, and no wraparound programs or services.
• 712 voucher schools (31%) are FOR profit & 1332 voucher schools (58%) are religious. Only 63 voucher schools (3%) in FL are nonprofit, non-religious, & accredited
Call to Action
Email members of PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee and urge them to vote no on this bill. https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Committees/committeesdetail.aspx?SessionId=99&CommitteeId=3209