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Rick Scott calls on lawmakers to expand school voucher program

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott told a cheering crowd of 900 voucher students today that he wants to continue expanding the program that allows them to attend private school at public expense and suggested the option should be available to all students.

Private-school vouchers in Florida are now limited to low-income students and those with disabilities.

"We have a great opportunity this spring, in this (legislative) session, to make sure we pass an education bill that is 100 percent for the benefit of the kids, and give every child in the state every opportunity that you've had, to make sure that you go to whatever school you want to," Scott said at the Suncoast Cathedral during an event recognizing corporations that have supported vouchers known as tax-credit scholarships.

Story here.