If your child meets these requirements you may receive a scholarship for your child to attend a participating private school. Parents may also choose another public school within the district's school choice plan or another public school in an adjacent school district. In order for a student to be eligible for the program, an intent to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program must be filed on the Department of Education's School Choice website www.floridaschoolchoice.org prior to withdrawing from public school. The deadline to apply for the first payment period of the 2014-15 school year is July 3, 2014. Zone waiver procedures must be followed for public school choice requests under the McKay.
This notice does not guarantee your student's eligibility. To learn more about your child's educational options, contact the Department of Education, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice Information Hotline at 1-800-447-1636 or visit the website at www.floridaschoolchoice.org and select the John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Program option. You may file your intent online. For more information, contact your school or Sharon Rodgers, ESE Program Specialist, at (352) 253-6600.