Saturday, September 07, 2002

20,000 Choices

Although the numbers are not yet official, it looks like more than 20,000 students will be exercising real school choice in Florida.

* 575 students are escaping failing schools to private schools using Opportunity Scholarships worth $3,891.

* 900 students are escaping to better public schools using Opportunity Scholarships

* 9,000 special education students are going to private schools using McKay Scholarships worth between $4,500 and $21,000.

*10,000 students are using private scholarships from the Corporate Tax Credit program, worth $3,500, to attend private schools.

These choices are precarious. If Jeb Bush were to lose the election or if the higher court upholds the Blaine Amendment in the Florida state constitution all might be lost.

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