Agudath Israel of Florida Welcomes Major School Choice Expansion
Rabbi Moshe Matz, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of Florida, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in May of 2019
Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, signed a major expansion of the state’s newest scholarship program into law. Enacted in 2019, the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) provides vouchers to low- and middle-income students to attend the private school of their choice. House Bill 7067 increases the number of students eligible to receive the FES by approximately 28,000 new recipients each year. The legislation also changes the income threshold so that additional families are eligible when more than 5% of the scholarships remain unclaimed. Finally, the bill allows students receiving a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship to continue renewing their scholarship even if their incomes rise in future years. The latter issue has been a priority for Agudath Israel and its coalition partners for many years.