Groups call for overhaul of Florida school voucher program, changes in Baker Act use
There’s a push in Florida to overhaul the system that gives students scholarships to attend private schools. The groups all say the use of school vouchers diverts badly-needed funds from public schools. “What we are fighting for is to keep public schools money in the public schools,” said Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP. But supporters of school vouchers argue they give parents other options besides public schools particularly when they’re low-performing. Several organizations want state lawmakers to prioritize public school funding and scale back the money going to private schools through vouchers.