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Florida may make it easier to qualify for voucher program

January 23, 2018 GMT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could make it easier for some students to qualify for the state’s private school voucher program for children with disabilities.

A Florida House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would allow parents to receive a scholarship if a doctor or psychologist diagnoses their child with an eligible disability.

The legislation (HB 829) would also lessen the amount of time a student has to be in a public school before they are eligible to receive a voucher.

A similar bill is also being considered in the Florida Senate.

There are nearly 30,000 students in Florida who are receiving vouchers under the McKay Scholarship Program.