The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program is overseen by the state Department of Education (DOE), which issues quarterly and annual reports on enrollment and periodic reports on performance.
Florida Statutes Section 1002.395: “The Legislature finds that: Ensuring that all parents, regardless of means, may exercise and enjoy their basic right to educate their children as they see fit is a valid public purpose that the Legislature may promote using its sovereign power to determine subjects of taxation and exemptions from taxation. … Expanding educational opportunities and the healthy competition they promote are critical to improving the quality of education in the state and to ensuring that all children receive the high-quality education to which they are entitled.”
Since its creation in 2001, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship has undergone a continuing series of revisions that have expanded the program and strengthened accountability measures. The sweep of those changes may well be reflected in a simple computation of length. In 2001, the main law was 1,332 words. In 2019, it is 11,833. (They are codified in two sections: F.S. 1002.395 and 1002.421.). Read more about program rules and accountability here.
Financial Impact Reports
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for low-income students, now in the 17th year of operation, has demonstrated consistent growth and progress. The program attracts among the poorest and lowest performing students from district public schools, and yet those same students now keep pace with students of all income levels on standardized tests. We know parents rate the scholarship program with extraordinary satisfaction and it saves the state millions of dollars each year that can be put toward other educational programs.
- By the numbers
- Academic Performance
- Parental Satisfaction
- Impact on the Florida Budget
- Impact on district public schools
2017-18 School Year
100,512 scholarship students
1,807 participating schools
69 percent of schools are faith-based
63 percent of students are in grades K-5
54 percent of students in single-adult households
9.1 above poverty (average household income was $25,755)