The Florida Legislature’s 2023 session will start in early March, quickly following Key League Baseball pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps in Florida.  But incoming Home Speaker Paul Renner has already signaled his interest in remaining the “closer” in Florida college preference policy. 

Very last week, Speaker Renner introduced that the Florida House’s No. 1 legislative priority – H.B. 1 – will be passage of a remarkably-ground breaking flexible scholarship system that will make just about every Florida scholar qualified for college decision support.  Renner’s initiative is notable simply because it closes some existing gaps in scholarship eligibility – and because it closes out the Florida Legislature’s two-decade-very long march to common school selection coverage. 

Importantly, the Speaker’s initiative also presents increased adaptability to all Florida family members taking part in the Household Empowerment Scholarship (FES) program. Presently, most FES recipients get a one particular-time tuition voucher that they can use at the non-public school of their alternative.  But H.B. 1 would give all people the liberty to invest in “unbundled” instruction sources – these kinds of as curriculum, tutoring, or on the web programs – from several vendors.