education

Ensuring access to world class education opportunities for Florida’s students is key to achieving the American Dream. Keeping our schools open, expanding school choice for Florida’s families and offering vocational education opportunities that create pathways to employment are commonsense Florida solutions that have set the standard across the country.

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Historic Expansion of School Choice

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Expanding Vocational Education Opportunities

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Nationally Ranked Universities

K-12 Education

Historic Expansion of School Choice

As Senate President, Wilton ensured the passage of a historic expansion of school choice that increased eligibility and streamlined key school choice scholarship programs for students with unique abilities and students from lower income families.

Now students in family of four earning less than $100,000 a year can receive a scholarship to attend the K-12 school of their choice under an expansion of the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program. Eligibility was also expanded to students of parents serving in the military and students who are in foster care or adopted.

Wilton understands that education isn’t one-size-fits all, and a parent’s income shouldn’t be a barrier to a good school. He stands with Florida parents and will continue to make sure school choice is an option for every family in Florida.

“The only way to eliminate generational poverty is through school choice in the K-12 education system. We must allow parents to make choices that best fit their children and their families.” — Wilton Simpson

“Wilton Simpson has been a champion for K12 educational choice in Florida. Literally hundreds of thousands of children are benefitting from his leadership in passing laws to expand choices for families.”John Kirtley, Co-Chair, Florida Federation for Children

Higher Education

Nationally Ranked Universities

Florida’s economy depends on retaining and recruiting talent to the Sunshine State, and our world-class universities play a large role. In 2021, the U.S. News and World Report highlighted the excellence of Florida’s public universities across the country. The University of Florida rose one spot and is now the No. 5 public university in the country, advancing a record nine spots on the Top 25 list since 2017.  Florida International University climbed 17 spots to No. 78, the largest rise in Florida’s public universities this year. The University of Central Florida rose ten spots to No. 67.  Additionally, Florida State University was recognized for providing a top-quality education at an affordable price, ranking FSU the No. 5 Best Value College in the nation among public universities.

Career ready

Expanding Vocational Education Opportunities

All too often the debate surrounding higher education focuses on the cost to the student, in terms of tuition and fees, but never the cost to the taxpayer or the actual value to the student. The reality is a degree does not guarantee a job.

Wilton worked to rebalance state financial aid programs to cover the cost of tuition and fees for general education requirements. He understands that we must pursue targeted programs that lead to jobs and scholarship programs that give students alternative pathways to professional certifications for the more than one million Floridians without a high school diploma.

Career ready

Expanding Vocational Education Opportunities

All too often the debate surrounding higher education focuses on the cost to the student, in terms of tuition and fees, but never the cost to the taxpayer or the actual value to the student. The reality is a degree does not guarantee a job.

Wilton worked to rebalance state financial aid programs to cover the cost of tuition and fees for general education requirements. He understands that we must pursue targeted programs that lead to jobs and scholarship programs that give students alternative pathways to professional certifications for the more than one million Floridians without a high school diploma.

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