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ICYMI: Sen. Andy Gardiner: “Ignore The Union And Support New Program For Students With Disabilities”

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ICYMI:
Sen. Andy Gardiner: “Ignore The Union And Support
New Program For Students With Disabilities”

Sen. Andy Gardiner
“Ignore the union and support new program for students with disabilities”
Tampa Tribune
July 25, 2014

“Florida is a national leader in raising the academic performance of students with disabilities, an accomplishment documented on federal assessments regularly administered in every state. We should all be very proud of that.

“I believe one strategy that helped bring it about is Florida’s policy of empowering parents to make educational choices for these children. One very successful program has been the McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, which provides tuition to private schools. It is overwhelmingly popular with parents, and now serves more than 26,000 student

“This year we are building on this success with Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSAs). This program will give parents the ability to direct funding not only toward tuition but also toward individually tailored speech, occupational or physical therapy services, digital devices, assistive technology, targeted curricular materials and even tuition at an eligible college or university.

“This year we are building on this success with Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSAs). This program will give parents the ability to direct funding not only toward tuition but also toward individually tailored speech, occupational or physical therapy services, digital devices, assistive technology, targeted curricular materials and even tuition at an eligible college or university…

“It was not that long ago when many students with disabilities were set aside in public education because it was assumed they could not learn or could not share classrooms with other students. It was the advocacy of parents that ended these discriminatory and damaging policies.

“For this reason, I think it is deeply regrettable that before the first parent could even submit an application for a PLSA, the Florida Education Association — our statewide teachers union — filed a lawsuit to block it.

“It was not that long ago when many students with disabilities were set aside in public education because it was assumed they could not learn or could not share classrooms with other students. It was the advocacy of parents that ended these discriminatory and damaging policies.

“For this reason, I think it is deeply regrettable that before the first parent could even submit an application for a PLSA, the Florida Education Association — our statewide teachers union — filed a lawsuit to block it.”

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