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Ron DeSantis allocated funding leading to an increase in charter school enrollment, with scholarships potentially straining public schools.

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Fla. school choice programs succeed, but public schools may close

Florida has become a laboratory for school choice programs, but they’ve significantly disrupted the state’s public schools. Private school enrollment in Florida rose by 29,000 students from 2022 to 2023, with 31 school districts having 10% or more of their students in private schools.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R, allocated funding for private school scholarships, leading to a 68K increase in charter school enrollment, with scholarships expected to expand further, potentially straining public schools.

The Duval County Public School District and Broward County Public Schools are considering campus closures due to declining enrollment, with DeSantis having signed legislation in 2023 promoting school choice.

 

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