U.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants to do for education nationwide what he did for Florida.
To that end, school choice legislation that he co-sponsored in the Senate Wednesday, under the name of the Student Empowerment Act.
The Student Empowerment Act, or SEA, is presented as a rising tide that lifts all boats.
Per a media release, the bill would “allow all students – including public, private, religious, and homeschool students – to use tax-exempt distributions from qualified tuition programs (known as 529 plans) to cover eligible educational expenses, including books, tutoring, and testing fees.”
“During my time as Governor of Florida, I worked to make Florida a national leader in school choice options for all students, with hundreds of thousands of families taking advantage of these opportunities,” Scott said.
Ten other Republicans co-sponsored this bill, originally filed by Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
Currently, the measure has yet to have a committee hearing. And it’s uncertain that a school choice bill will be a priority of a Democratic House headed into the 2020 elections.