Policy Spotlight: Empowering Low- and Middle-Income Families in Florida with the Power of Choice
Florida lawmakers gave thousands of low- and middle-income families the power to choose the best educational fit for their child through the Family Empowerment Scholarship program. The program will provide approximately 18,000 students with scholarships—worth about $7,000—in the first year and add around 7,000 enrollment slots each year after.
The program has statewide and national significance for two reasons. First, it is the first formula-funded private choice program enacted in Florida in more than 15 years, making growth dependent only on family demand. Second, the program allows families making up to 300 percent of poverty ($77,250 for a household of four) eligible to participate, meaning more teachers, first-responders, nurses, etc. will be able to participate. Enacting this program took tremendous effort from policy and communications team members, leading coalition management and lobbying efforts among other activities.