Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, a public school student who was a victim of bullying or violence within a public K-12 educational institution, any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, riding on the school bus or waiting at the school bus stop may be eligible for a scholarship to attend an eligible private school. The Hope Scholarship allows parents the opportunity transfer their child to another K-12 public school with available capacity within the school district, receive a scholarship to transport the student to a public school in another school district, or to request a scholarship for the student to enroll in and attend an eligible private school. Step Up For Students is administering the private school and transportation options for the Hope Scholarship.
Qualifying incidents include battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school as defined by the Florida Department of Education in accordance with s. 1006.09(6).
Once a parent or child submits a report of an incident, the school principal, or his/her designee, will provide a copy of the report to the parent and investigate the incident. Upon conclusion of the investigation, or within 15 days after the incident was reported, whichever occurs first, the principal, or his/her designee, will notify the parent of the Hope Scholarship Program, and provide the documentation required for Step Up For Students to determine scholarship eligibility.
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