January 29, 2016
Committees in both the House and Senate approved bills that make key improvements to the McKay Scholarship for children with disabilities. The proposal allows schools to develop a 'transition-to-work' program for scholarship students ages 17-22. The program, jointly offered by private schools and businesses, would include academic instruction, work skills training and a paid or volunteer work experience for young adults with disabilities. SB 1088 (Stargel) was unanimously passed by the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee (
) on Wednesday, while HB 837 (Bileca) unanimously passed the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee (
) on Thursday. James Herzog, FCCB associate director for education, expressed support for the measure at both committee stops.