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The Monroe County School District opposes Florida’s SB-86 and any restrictions to the Bright Futures program.

The Monroe County School District opposes removing the Bright Futures scholarship promise to pay tuition. The District also opposes removing the promise to provide a textbook funding stipend for students who receive the Academic Scholars award. Under proposed SB-86, the Bright Futures program promise to pay 100% of tuition for Academic Scholars, and 75% to 100% of tuition for Medallion Scholars, would be broken. Instead, the amount of these awards would be determined year-to-year during the state budgeting process. The Bright Futures Scholarship Program promise should be kept in law, as is, so that students who receive awards and their parents can depend on consistent scholarship funding while attending a college or university in Florida.