podcastED: Florida scholarship mom says adding flexibility could benefit her family
On this episode, senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Jacquelyn Forte of Pensacola, Florida. Forte is the mother of four children, including three who attend a Catholic school on state education choice scholarships.
Her oldest child, Jude, initially received the McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, which merged this year with the state Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities scholarship. That program offers parents spending flexibility in the form of education savings accounts, which in addition to paying for private school tuition and fees, can be used for tutoring, curriculum, therapies not covered by insurance, and other pre-approved expenses.
Forte loves the flexibility that the new scholarship offers Jude, including speech therapy he’s been afforded since age 2. Jude is now thriving and recently qualified for his school’s gifted program.
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