A Florida House committee unanimously approved an expansion of the Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA) program for special needs students.

The expansion of the PLSA helps enforce changes approved last year that allowed three and four year old children with special needs to have access to this program. This vote also expands the uses for these PLSA accounts. This action was required because the original changes were part of an overall spending proposal that was approved earlier this year during a special session and would expire automatically this summer.

The Senate panel is set to vote on an identical bill, SB 672 this Wednesday. Both bills would increase the budget for PLSA from $53.4 million to $71.2 million.

Agudath Israel of Florida applauds this step forward towards the expansion of the PLSA program. This action will allow a greater number of students with special needs reach their potential by ensuring they are properly serviced and educated.