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Florida School Choice Programs and Transportation Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) - Section 1002.38, Florida Statutes McKay Scholarship Program - Section 1002.39, Florida Statutes. Laura Harrison, Director of Scholarship Programs and Home Education

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Florida school choice programs and transportation

Florida School Choice Programs and Transportation

Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) - Section 1002.38, Florida Statutes

McKay Scholarship Program - Section 1002.39, Florida Statutes

Laura Harrison, Director of Scholarship Programs and Home Education

Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice (IEPC)

Florida Department of Education

February 7, 2012


Eligible school criteria

Opportunity Scholarship Program

Eligible School Criteria

School grade of “F” or three consecutive “Ds” as based on the statewide assessments conducted pursuant to s. 1008.22, F.S.


Eligible student criteria

Opportunity Scholarship Program

Eligible Student Criteria

Those students assigned to or in attendance during the previous school year (by way of assignment) at an OSP eligible school


District obligations

Opportunity Scholarship Program

District Obligations

Offer parents of affected students the option to enroll in a higher performing public school in their district with transportation or in any other district in the state without transportation

* higher performing is “C” or better based on performance grade


District obligations1

Opportunity Scholarship Program

District Obligations

All parents of affected students in elementary and middle school assigned to or in attendance during the previous school year (by way of assignment) must be notified of the options within 15 days of notification by the Department


Districts affected 2012 13 so far

Opportunity Scholarship Program

Districts Affected 2012-13 (so far)

32 elementary

and middle schools

within 14 districts and 1400 students


District obligations coming up

Opportunity Scholarship Program

District Obligations (coming up)

All parents of affected students in high school assigned to or in attendance during the previous school year (by way of assignment) must be notified of the options no later than 30 days prior to the first day of school the next school year

* high school grades are available


Notice requirements for opportunity scholarship program

Opportunity Scholarship Program

Notice Requirements for Opportunity Scholarship Program

Rule 6A-6.0950, F.A.C. adopted by State Board of Education, May 2012


Questions about osp

Opportunity Scholarship Program

Questions about OSP?

Contact Rachel Somers with the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice:

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: (850) 245-0502


Student eligibility

McKay Scholarship Program Public School

Student Eligibility

Must have an active IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan

Must have spent the prior year attending a Florida public school (counted in October and February)

Must be enrolled in Florida public school when filing intent to participate in McKay Scholarship Program


District obligations2

McKay Scholarship Program Public School

District Obligations

Must, by April 1, and within 10 days of an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan meeting:

Notify the parent of the student of all McKay options available,

Inform the parent of the availability of the Department of Education telephone hotline and Internet website for additional information on John M. McKay Scholarships,

Offer that student’s parent an opportunity to enroll the student in another public school in the district.


District obligations3

McKay Scholarship Program

Public School

District Obligations

If the parent chooses a public school consistent with the district school board’s choice plan, the school district shall provide transportation to the public school selected by the parent

If the parent chooses a public school consistent with the district school board’s choice plan, the student may continue attending the public school (feeder pattern) until the student graduates from high school

The parent is responsible to provide transportation to a public school chosen that is not consistent with the district school board’s choice plan


Questions about the mckay scholarship program

McKay Scholarship Program

Public School

Questions about the McKay Scholarship Program?

Contact the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice:

Telephone: (850) 245-0502


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