Charlie Crist signs the school voucher legislation into law
by Norman Adams on April 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM
The article below was referred to me by Roland White, President of Cambridge Education Partners. According to Roland White, "This could be the issue that cements the Hispanic parents to the Republican Party."
With the stroke of a pen and solid bipartisan support, Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday ushered in the most sweeping expansion of private-school vouchers in Florida history. Crist signed Senate Bill 2126, which significantly increases the value of a "tax-credit voucher,'' offers more incentives to corporations to fund the program and essentially removes a cap on how much they can collectively give.
"This is the largest expansion of a voucher program in the country,'' said Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, who sponsored the House version of the bill. "It's a good day for parents, good for students.''
"It's gone too far,'' countered Pinellas school board member Linda Lerner, who was among the plaintiffs in a successful effort to overturn another voucher program in 2006. "It's time to get legal opinion about a legal challenge."