A+ Opportunity Scholarship
This program was created to provide financial assistance for students in failing schools to transfer to a better private or public school. On January 5, 2006 the Florida Supreme Court ruled the private school provision unconstitutional. As a result, those students using the scholarships to attend a private school were then made eligible for the state’s corporate tax credit scholarship program.
The amount of the grant is determined by the per pupil cost at the child’s assigned school, multiplied by the district cost differential. For the 2005-2006 school year, the average grant was $4,205.
Student/ School Participation
According to October 2005 enrollment numbers, there were 11,705 students enrolled in schools that had received two “F” grades in four years. A total of 734 Opportunity Scholarships were distributed during the 2005-2006 school year.
Student Eligibility/Regulations on the Program
In order for a school to be considered failing, the student’s school must receive an “F” grade from the state for two years in any four year period. To be eligible for a school to accept the scholarship, a school must have a “C” grade or higher.