Despite assurances by legislators that the deductions from McKay Scholarships for completed FLVS courses would be fixed this session, this did not happen. As of Tuesday, April 29th, we were told it was in the conforming bill and should pass. Unfortunately, it was not placed in the conforming bill and was not changed before the session ended.
This means that parents of any McKay Scholarship recipient who takes a FLVS course (summer classes included) will see a deduction in their scholarship payment. For a two semester course the deduction will be approximately $770.
It is important that schools make parents aware of this issue.
The Coalition will reach out to FLVS and ask that they place this information on their website since, for McKay parents, FLVS courses are not truly free.
We will work on trying to have the exemption language passed again next year. Next fall, we will call for parents and schools to contact their legislators to ask them to pass this legislation.
We want to thank Rep. Bileca for all of his efforts for our parents and students concerning this issue.