The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC Florida) is disappointed that Gov. Rick Scott signed voucher expansion provisions for private schools in SB 850 into law, something that affects Latino students who are trying to learn English disproportionately in the state.
In doing so Governor Scott ignored the issues raised by so many parent, educator, civil rights and civic groups concerned about the needs of 3 millions students who still attend Florida’s public schools.
Gov. Scott’s action also demonstrates insensitivity to Hispanic concerns. Like most Floridians, Hispanics want all children to learn English (and other languages too). The problem with State Bill 850 is that it expands the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program but fails to eliminate the disparity in state laws that limits English Language Learners’ (ELLs) access to educational opportunities in voucher (private) schools.