In Florida, Governor-elect Rick Scott is hinting at trying to implement education savings accounts that could effectively replace the current public school system:
“The parent should figure out where the dollars for that student are spent,” Scott told the St. Petersburg Times after hinting at the idea in remarks to 900 voucher students in St. Petersburg.
“So if the parents want to spend it on virtual school, then spend it on virtual school,” he continued. “If they want to spend it on, you know, whatever education system they believe in, whether it’s this public school or that public school or this private school or that private school, that’s what ought to happen.”
[T]he proposal would allow parents to take an undetermined percentage of the state’s per-student funding amount – last year, it was $6,843 – and direct it to the school of their choice, public or private.
And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels is proposing a number of school reforms, including “linking teacher pay to student performance…and offering college scholarships to students who finish high school a year early,” according to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, and also a voucher system for low-income families.