Governor DeSantis Proposes Funding Entire Waitlist for Gardiner Scholarships

Photo Credit: Governor Ron DeSantis Press Office
Governor DeSantis announced this week that he is asking the Florida Legislature for full funding, approximately 1,900 students, to fund their Gardiner Scholarship requests.
In speaking about the request, the Governor stated, “In our budget that we just submitted, I have allocated enough money to get rid of the wait list for the Gardiner Scholarship entirely,” What we’ve seen with the Gardiner program is proven success. Parents who need to find that good environment for their kids have been able to find it using the Gardiner scholarship.”
The average scholarship amount for most students in the 2018-19 school year is $10,400, according to the organization, Step Up For Students.
All students and families need options when it comes to meeting their educational needs.  Gardiner Scholarships can meet that need for some students.

It is 2019 and a New Era in Tallahassee!

Governor Ron DeSantis has taken the oath of office to serve as Florida’s 46th Governor.  Governor DeSantis has made some new appointments while also keeping some appointments from the Scott administration.

Below are some of the appointments most impactful on the quality of life, services and supports in the community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

  • Secretary Mary Mayhew, The Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Director Barbara Palmer, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Secretary Chad Poppell, The Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Florida Department of Education

The Arc of Florida looks forward to working with the new administration as well as the 2019 Florida Legislature.

Our elected and appointed officials need to hear from you regarding the most important issues currently impacting the quality of life for the individuals we serve.  Won’t you take some time to talk to them? 

Two top legislative priorities of The Arc of Florida for the 2019 session are:  

  • Provider rates impacting the quality of care and the service delivery system
  • Implementation of guidelines for the use of seclusion/restraint actions in the public school system.

The following link will take you to a schedule of your local delegation meetings.  This is an opportunity for you to make your voices heard.  Please attend and speak out on issues impacting you.