TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — In response to the Florida Senate’s passage of House Bill 1, Executive Director Craig Hulse released the following statement on behalf of yes. every kid.
“House Bill 1—the largest expansion of educational freedom in U.S. history—is a win for all of Florida’s families, who deserve the freedom to make the decisions that are best for their child. This proposed expansion of educational freedom shows that the Florida Legislature trusts families and is listening to their desire for innovation, flexibility and the power to customize their child’s learning experience. With a nation-leading universal ESA program as well as a part-time enrollment provision, this legislation both modernizes learning and puts power where it belongs: in the hands of families.
“We thank Speaker Paul Renner, President Kathleen Passidomo, Sen. Corey Simon, Rep. Kaylee Tuck and the Florida Legislature for their leadership and look forward to working with Gov. Ron DeSantis to expand Florida’s education freedom to every kid.”
Florida’s House Bill 1 creates more innovative approaches to learning for children across the state by:
- Providing eligibility for an Education Savings Accounts to more than 3 million K-12 students across the state.
- Shifting the current Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scholarship into universal ESA programs for more flexibility.
- Allowing districts to offer courses on a part-time basis for students who are not fully enrolled to take classes.
- Creating choice navigators to advise and support families participating in choice programs.
With the full passage of HB 1, Florida will become the fourth state to pass universal ESA legislation this year and the fifth state since 2021.