The LIBRE Initiative – FL, an organization committed to empowering the Latino family, applauded the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee for approving SB 48, legislation that would streamline and expand educational opportunity programs for Florida families by consolidating five programs into two. The measure, which is now ready to be received by the Senate chamber, will also expand educational savings accounts.
The LIBRE Initiative has been heavily invested in support of SB 48, including running digital advertisements, op-eds in both English and Spanish, as well as radio advertisements in key media markets.
Danny Martinez, The LIBRE Initiative’s Florida Coalition Director, issued the following statement:
“More and more Florida families are one step closer from having increased educational opportunities and having the peace of mind of better planning for their children’s future by enrolling in education scholarship programs and better utilizing Education Savings Accounts. The measure will help transform Florida’s educational system and benefit many Latino families looking for increased choice in education. We urge lawmakers in Tallahassee to continue prioritizing SB 48 because Florida families desperately need increased educational freedom.”
- Hispanics stand to benefit from any expansion of scholarships or their uses far more than average. According to the National Center of Education Statistics, Hispanics made up one third of all charter school students nationwide, and over 1 in 10 were enrolled in private schools in 2017. Of all students in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, 38 percent are Hispanic.
- Click here to read The LIBRE Initiative’s Orlando Sentinel op-ed on SB 48 in English. Click here to read the Spanish version in El Sentinel.