Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio will join President Donald Trump in Orlando today for an event promoting school choice.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is also expected at the event at St. Andrew Catholic School, a predominantly black and Hispanic school where the majority of students get tuition vouchers from a $559 million Florida program that gives dollar-for-dollar tax credits to businesses who contribute to a scholarship fund for disadvantaged students.
Most of the scholarships are administered through the nonprofit organization Step Up For Students, which said it awarded 97,457 scholarships this year to students from households with an average income of $24,075. Sixty-nine percent of the scholarship recipients are black or Hispanic, and 55 percent are from single-parent homes, the organization said.
Trump voiced support for such programs in his Tuesday address to a joint session of Congress.
“I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them,” Trump said.