School choice developments

Patrick Gibbons

Approximately 5,500 parents, students and other Floridians rallied together this week to support expanding the Step Up for Students voucher program, which serves 23,000 low-income children. Meanwhile, the Florida state Senate passed an expansion to the program. The Step Up for Students expansion passed through the Senate, 27-11, with a quarter of Democrats in support. It now goes to the House, where it is expected to pass.

In other news, Illinois state Senator James T. Meeks (D-Chicago) pushed a voucher bill for low-income Chicago students through the state Senate. The bill now has to pass a hostile House to become law.