ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Several new laws are in the books in Florida. One new program allows bullied students to get vouchers to transfer to another school, but the new law is not without controversy.
The district has opened the door for the scholarship for any students who makes a bullying claim on an incident, whether or not there is proof that it actually happened.
They said that this will finally mean relief for victims of bullying who saw no other way out, but not all parents see eye to eye. Some fear that some will say their kids are bullied to get a voucher and have the option to switch schools, like trying a charter school or getting the voucher to pay for a private school.
The money for this program comes from sales taxes on cars, not from taxpayer funds. Any report will have to be investigated by the districts to even get near that money. Once the State Education Group has based bullying reports, 7,300 scholarships will be awarded in the first year.