Florida Senate ready to vote on wide-ranging school voucher bill

Legislation that would create publicly funded educational savings accounts to help families pay for private tuition and other expenses sailed through its final Florida Senate committee stop Thursday, reigniting a perennial debate over school choice.

School choice is here to stay, Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, said minutes after the wide-ranging measure, Senate Bill 48, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote.

The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, could be heard by the full Senate as early as next week.