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Florida may make it easier to qualify for voucher program

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 16:35:12-05

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.

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