Florida: Special Education Students Get Vouchers for Schools with No Special Education Staff

Being a Floridian, this does not surprise me. Florida is one of the lowest ranked states in regard to funding per student and teacher pay. I worked in the schools and know that education in that state is little more than a factory system that pretty much punishes those that go against the system, students and teachers alike.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Florida has a voucher for program for students with disabilities, called McKay scholarships. A story in Florida’s “Sun-Sentinel” revealed that a sizable number of these students with vouchers attend schools that do not have any full-time teachers with special education training or certification.

Dan Sweeney of the “Sun-Sentinel” writes:

“Learning disabled students can get up to $19,829 of taxpayer money each year to attend private school if they choose – but there is no state accountability to ensure the kids’ needs are being met.

“The law that created the vouchers does not require private schools to have anyone on staff with any sort of certification in dealing with children with learning disabilities. Nor are there public controls in place to check whether the schools are helping them.

“In Palm Beach County, 1,232 children receive $8.5 million in state voucher money. How much they get depends on on the severity…

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