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McKay Scholarship Program Parent Letter

Your child may be eligible to participate in the John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program forthe 2014-15 school year.


In order to be eligible for the McKayScholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawingfrom public school. The student must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or504 Accommodation Plan issued under s. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973(with duration of more than six months), and:


·        Havebeen enrolled and reported for funding in a public school for the school yearprior to applying for a scholarship (Grades K-12); or

·        Havebeen a prekindergarten student who was enrolled and reported for funding in aFlorida public school during the school year prior to applying for ascholarship; or

·        Haveattended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind during the preceding schoolyear’s student membership surveys (Grades K-12).


If your child meets these requirements youmay receive a scholarship for your child to attend a participating privateschool. Parents may also choose another public school within the district’sschool choice plan or another public school in an adjacent school district. Inorder for a student to be eligible for the program, an intent to participate inthe McKay Scholarship Program must be filed on the Department of Education’sSchool Choice website ( to withdrawing from public school. The deadline to apply for the firstpayment period of the 2014-15 school year is July 3, 2014. Zone waiverprocedures must be followed for public school choice requests under the McKay.


Thisnotice does not guarantee your student’s eligibility. To learn moreabout your child’s educational options, contact the Department of Education,Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice Information Hotline at1-800-447-1636 or visit the website at andselect the John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with DisabilitiesProgram option. You may file your intent online. For more information, contactyour school or Sharon Rodgers, ESE Program Specialist, at (352) 253-6600.


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