John M. McKay Scholarship for Students With Disabilities Program

Program Information

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  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Special Needs Program

Student Participation

  • Student must:
    •  Have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or have an accommodation plan under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    • Have attended public school in any of the first years prior to the 2010-11 fiscal year
  • Children of U.S. military personnel who are transferring are exempt from the prior year public school attendance requirement
  • Children who received specialized instructional services under the Voluntary Pre-K Education Program (VPK) the previous school year are exempt from prior year public school attendance requirement
  • Be approved by the state
  • Submit to the state annual sworn compliance reports regarding all local and state health and safety codes
  • Comply with the federal nondiscrimination requirements of 42 U.S.C. §2000d
  • Teachers and other school personnel working with scholarship recipients must undergo federal background checks
  • Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, three years of teaching experience, or special expertise; schools must notify parents in writing, or on the school's website, the credentials of all teachers
  • Schools in operation less than three years must obtain a surety bond or letter of credit to cover the value of the scholarship payments for one quarter
  • Any school receiving more than $250,000 in scholarships must provide financial reporting to the state; schools with consecutive years of material exceptions within the financial reports may be deemed ineligible to participate by the state commissioner of education
  • Providing a written explanation to the parent of the student's progress annually and cooperating with parents who choose to have the student participate in statewide assessments
  • Notify the Department when a scholarship student withdraws from the school
  • Beginning in 2019-20, new schools must receive a satisfactory site visit from the Florida Department of Education before the school is eligible to receive scholarship funding

Data Update

Scholarships Awarded
Schools Participating
2017 Expenditures


Scholarship Cap
- Whichever is less:
-- Amount of public school funding students would have received
-- Tuition and fees of private school
Enrollment Cap
- None
Program Funding
- No specific program appropriation