On Tuesday, the Florida House Education and Employment Committee will consider House Bill 1403, which would repeal the Hope Scholarship program, among other adjustments. The Hope Scholarship provides funding for bullied students to transfer to a private school or a different public school.
For the current school year, the state funded 538 Hope scholarships, which was a record number since the scholarship was established in 2018, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The bill to repeal the scholarship has been reported favorably out of two subcommittees.
Then-GOP Gov. Rick Scott touted the initiative as an opportunity for school choice, but some supporters of HB 1403, such as Republican state Rep. Josie Tomkow, say it’s now