ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A bank says it will stop donating millions of dollars to Florida’s private school voucher program after reports that some schools in the program discriminate against LGBTQ students.
In a tweet to a Florida lawmaker on Tuesday, Fifth Third Bank said it has told officials with the state voucher program it will stop participating.
“We have communicated with program officials that we will not be contributing again until more inclusive […]
On Tuesday night, a big bank pulled out.
After I posted this piece Wednesday, an even bigger bank pulled out.
— Scott Maxwell (@Scott_Maxwell) January 30, 2020
(Part 1) Thanks Rep. Smith for your feedback. We definitely stand with #LGBTQ students and parents. We have communicated with program officials that we will not be contributing again …
— Fifth Third Bank (@FifthThird) January 28, 2020
These schools are not only harming the gay and trans kids, they are poisoning all children’s minds by telling all of them that being gay is WORSE than being a CRIMINAL, a LIAR and a CHEAT,” said Orlando Democrat @CarlosGSmith. “And it’s all funded by taxpayers.” https://t.co/9TkPS1wQuX
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) January 30, 2020
Thank you to the @orlandosentinel for putting sunshine on FL’s voucher program and its funding of discrimination.
And thank you @CarlosGSmith for asking pro-equality businesses to put their money where their values are.
— Equality Florida (@equalityfl) January 30, 2020
Public funds should go to public schools. @FifthThird & @WellsFargo are no longer funding Florida’s private school vouchers programs that discriminate against LGBTQ students, students with disabilities and students of color. #YallMeansAll #PFPS #NoVouchers https://t.co/a02DlKmMIR
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) January 30, 2020