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Learn About Two New Scholarship Opportunities!

"Hope Scholarship and Reading Account Scholarship"

      
 Written by Daniel Woodruff, University of Florida
 
            2018 House Bill 7055 has created two scholarship opportunities for the upcoming school year: Hope Scholarship Program and Reading Scholarship Accounts. The first scholarship is for public school students (grades K5-12) who experience incidents of bullying, harassment, violence, etc. as described in the Florida Statute 1002.40. The scholarship assists eligible students with either a transfer to another public school or to a participating eligible private school. This program is based on a first come, first serve basis.
            Upon receipt of a report of incident, the school will conduct an investigation.  When the investigation is concluded (or within 15 days of the reported incident) the parent will be notified if the student is eligible for the scholarship. The parent must then select an eligible private school and apply for the admission of his or her student. The scholarship awards are contingent on available funding.
             The second scholarship is available for students in grades 3-5 that scored lower than Level 3 on their standardized English Language Arts (ELA) assessment in the prior school year. By September 30, the schools are required to notify the parent of the student’s eligibility for the program and the process to apply for the scholarship.  This program is also first come, first serve. Recipients receive $500 for the 2018-2019 school year. The money is contingent on available funds.  Funds can be used for tutoring, instructional material, after school or summer education program provided by an eligible not for profit organization.   Priority is provided to English Learner Students. See Florida Statute 1002.411 for additional details and limitations.

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Attorney Spotlight: Attorney Hamlin

Attorney Amy Hamlin will become Chair Elect of the Family Law Section of   the Florida Bar this June of 2018. The Family Law Section has approximately 4,000 members. She is a member of the Seminole County Bar Association and an active participant of our Pro Bono panel. Please join us in congratulating Attorney Hamlin on her appointment.

Changes in Law Concerning Expunction of Criminal History Record

     Expunction of a criminal record requires all criminal justice agencies possessing such a record to physically destroy it.  Once the record is expunged, a person may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge an arrest covered by the expunged record, subject to some exceptions. Expunction is prohibited if person was acquitted at trial, unless he or she has the record sealed for ten years.
    2018 House bill 1065 changes the law and expands the eligibility for court-ordered expunction of criminal history records to include a person who received a judgement of acquittal by and judge or a not guilty verdict, whether by judge or jury.  A person seeking expunction of a judgment of acquittal or not guilty verdict is no longer required to first seal the record for ten years, if otherwise eligible for expunction.  The bill also grants Florida Department of Law Enforcement the authority to deny a certificate of eligibility based on a disqualifying offense.   The bill amends Florida Statutes 943.0585 and 943.059.  The bill was approved by the Governor on March of 2018 and will become effective on October 1, 2018.
-Written by Silvia McClain
 
Click here to view the bill.

 
Program Spotlight: ABLE United
 
Written by Carolina Hernandez, University of Central Florida
This month, our office is highlighting ABLE United. ABLE United creates accounts that help families save up money, tax free, without affecting incoming Disability Benefits. An individual with a disability may only have one ABLE account. There are three eligibility requirements for opening an ABLE United account. To meet the requirements, the individual must be a Florida resident, a qualifying disability, and a must meet the age requirement for the disability’s onset. ABLE also lists what qualified disabilities expenses include, so families/guardians of the individual know what is considered tax-free. Generally, funds in (or withdrawn from) an ABLE United account are disregarded when determining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid eligibility.
 
Upcoming Events:
  • June 13, 2018: Sealing and Expungement Workshop
    • 10AM-12PM Sanford Job Connection Center 4516 W State Rd. 46 Sanford, FL
  • June 14, 2018: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans
    • 1-4PM Seminole County Public Library, 215 N Oxford R, Casselberry FL

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