Governor DeSantis signs education bill, heads to Jacksonville Catholic school

Governor Ron DeSantis will hold a live news conference at a Jacksonville Catholic school Tuesday afternoon.

The Governor’s 2 p.m. stop at Christ the King Catholic school follows his morning news conference in South Florida where he signed education bill 7045 into law.

The legislation aims to maximize parental choice by expanding school eligibility and streamlining the state’s school choice scholarship programs, specifically for students with unique abilities and from lower income backgrounds.

The legislation, which will go into effect July 1, allows a family of four earning less than $100,000 to receive full funding for K-12 education costs at a school of their choice under an expansion of the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program.

Eligibility is expanded to students who are not enrolled in a public school, students of parents serving in the military, and students who are in foster care or adopted.

According to the official website, parents who meet the new eligibility requirements and are interested in applying for the FES should first contact one of Florida’s two approved scholarship funding organizations (SFOs) to complete the income verification process.

Last month, Christ the King Catholic School announced it was one of only 27 schools in the country, and the only in the state of Florida, that the U.S. Department of Education named a Green Ribbon School.

A report with highlights on the 40 honorees can be found here.

Samantha Mathers

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Samantha Mathers is a digital reporter and content creator for Action News Jax.

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