Florida School Choice - Enrollment

Florida Educational Choice

In its efforts to expand educational access and achievement, the State of Florida supports the educational choices of its citizens at all levels, from elementary school through post-secondary education. Like Opportunity Scholarships, each of the following programs allows students to use publicly funded scholarships, grants or tax credits for education at public, private non-religious and religious schools. And each of these programs may be vulnerable to legal challenge if Opportunity Scholarships are declared unconstitutional.

More than 200,000 Florida students currently exercise publicly funded school choice for K-12 and post-secondary education.

Enrollment in Florida Educational Choice Programs1

K-12

 

Opportunity Scholarships

690

McKay Scholarships for Children with Disabilities

13,700

Corporate Tax Credit Scholarships

11,500

Post-Secondary

 

Bright Futures Scholarships

112,000

Florida Resident Access Grants

35,462

Private Student Assistance Grants

11,477

Florida Post-Secondary Student Assistance Grants

10,714

Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grants

58

Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarships

238

Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness

2,106

Minority Teacher Education Scholars

937

Total

198,882

[1] Figures for Opportunity Scholarships and McKay Scholarships from Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, Florida Department of Education, and are for the 2004-05 school year.  Figures for Corporate Tax Credit Scholarships are from Step Up for Students and are for the 2003-04 school year.  Figures for post-secondary programs are from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Florida Department of Education, and are for 2003-04.


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