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Florida Vouchers Channel Millions to Anti-LGBTQ Religious Schools

Jan 28, 2020

By Trudy Ring

A state-funded voucher program in Florida that helps students attend private schools sent $129 million to schools with anti-LGBTQ policies last year alone, an Orlando Sentinel investigation has found.

The money went to pay tuition for 20,800 students at 156 private Christian schools with homophobic or transphobic stances, and “that means at least 14 percent of Florida’s nearly 147,000 scholarship students last year attended private schools where homosexuality was condemned or, at a minimum, unwelcome,” the Sentinel reports. Thousands of schools participate in the program, which has been in existence for 20 years.

Eighty-three schools have policies denying admission to students known to be LGBTQ and providing for expulsion if their identity is found out. Another 73 “call being gay or transgender a biblical sin but do not explain how those views play out in admissions or student discipline decisions,” according to the paper.

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