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Florida’s home school voucher program may see a doubling in size next year, according to Tampa officials

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State Voucher Program for Homeschoolers in Florida Doubles in Size as Applications Surge

The Personalized Education Program in Florida is set to double in size as applications flood in from families seeking funds for homeschooling expenses. Established through a 2023 law that expanded the state’s voucher programs, the program nearly reached its cap of 20,000 students in its inaugural year, with 19,514 vouchers funded.

With the capacity set to grow to 60,000 students in the upcoming school year, the program has already received 39,690 applications, awarding 31,991 vouchers so far. The organization administering the vouchers will continue to accept applications, with the final number of funded vouchers not expected to be clear for months.

Families can use the funds for instructional materials, virtual education courses, tutoring, and more, with voucher amounts typically ranging from $7,000 to $9,000 per student. Governor Ron DeSantis, who recently spoke at the Florida Homeschool Convention in Orlando, praised Florida as the “number one state for homeschooling in all of these United States.”

As the number of homeschooled students in Florida has more than doubled in the past decade, the demand for the Personalized Education Program continues to grow. With the program providing families with the choice to direct their children’s education, the impact of this expansion is sure to be felt across the state.

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