Late yesterday and this morning, Sen. Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) and Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) have inserted amendments into SB 1512 which will make senate voucher advocates put up, or shut up on accountability for voucher schools.
From Sachs filed moments ago:
Upon release of information from the Learning Service
Institute in accordance with paragraph (9)(j), reporting to a
scholarship student’s parent the performance of that school’s
scholarship students as compared to the statewide performance of public school students with socioeconomic backgrounds similar to those of students participating in the scholarship program.
This from Montford:
Students participating in the scholarship program may also take the nationally norm-referenced tests identified by the Department of Education
a comparison of scholarship students’
performance these learning gains to the statewide student
performance learning gains of public school students with
socioeconomic backgrounds similar to those of students
participating in the scholarship program
Montford offers much more which appears to greatly alter the manner in which Step Up for Students operates as a scholarship funding organization (SFO). But the Montford and Sachs amendments will force voucher schools into being compared to their public schools.
If sponsor Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) labels the amendments “unfriendly” or republicans vote them down, they will further reveal themselves to be dodging accountability for voucher schools.