Both chambers of the Florida legislature have passed a sweeping school voucher plan, and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed it into law.
The plan, called the "Family Empowerment Scholarship Program," allocates $130 million for vouchers and increases the annual income limit for participation to $77,250. That figure will increase in years to come. It is estimated that 18,000 students will take part in the plan.
Florida's Constitution contains a provision stating that no tax money shall be spent "directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect or religious denomination," and separate language calling for the state to maintain a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education."
The Florida Supreme Court cited the second provision in striking down a similar voucher plan in...