Affirming that unique students can succeed, Gov. Rick Scott recently signed the Gardiner Scholarship Education bill into law so parents can better customize their children’s education.
The bill had the strong approval of the Tallahassee-based Florida Chamber of Commerce.
“Students with unique abilities will now be empowered to succeed through high quality education programs,” Mark Wilson, president and CEO of Florida Chamber of Commerce, said. “At the Florida chamber, we know that every child is different and every child has a unique need.”
The Gardiner Scholarship, formerly known as Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, empowers students with disabilities to succeed through high-quality education programs. With the passage of this bill, the Florida chamber hopes to encourage businesses across the state to create job opportunities for individuals with unique abilities.
“As Florida continues on the path to become the number one job creator in the nation, Florida has an opportunity to help encourage underemployed Floridians —especially those with unique abilities — to reach their full employment potential,” Wilson said, citing a chamber study disclosing that currently over 700,000 Floridians with disabilities are not in the workforce. He also noted that the chamber has created an internship program that it hopes to take to the state level through local chambers of commerce.