American Federation For Children Praises Senate Passage of Florida SB48/HB7045

The American Federation for Children congratulates Senator Manny Diaz, Jr, and the Florida Senate on passage of SB48/HB7045 with a vote of 25 to 14 which will now go to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.

This landmark legislation will vastly expand Florida’s need-based and special needs scholarships which will enable thousands of children to have access to more educational options.

Florida leads the nation in the number of families accessing choice programs and this bill assures families desperately awaiting a scholarship will have the opportunity in future years to have the very best educational options for their children.

Statement from John Kirtley:

“I am so grateful to Chairman Manny Diaz, Jr and Senate President Wilton Simpson for their leadership on this life-changing bill. It will bring choice to so many more Florida families who need and deserve it.”



  • SB48/HB 7045 streamlines Florida’s choice programs and application processes
  • Expands household income eligibility as well as increases the number of scholarships available each year so tens of thousands of more children will have access to educational choices
  • Increases the funded scholarship amounts by aligning the awarded amount with the public school per-student funding levels
  • Need-based scholarships may be used for digital devices and internet access