by Mitch Perry
According to Academy Prep's head of school Lincoln Tamayo, the middle school was chosen by representatives from Step Up for Students, the state created nonprofit group that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for low-income students in grades K-12, as a model campus.
Cantor is scheduled to tour the private school located in the V.M. Ybor section of Tampa in the afternoon, the hold a roundtable discussion with students and parents afterwards.
Tamayo says it's his understanding that the Congressman is working on legislation that would allows for a corporate tax credit scholarships to allow children in private schools. "Florida is the model for corporate tax scholarship, I believe in the nation," he says.
Cantor is also coming to the Tampa Bay area to participate in a fundraiser for CD13 GOP candidate David Jolly, locked in an intense battle to keep Pinellas County red in Congress following the death last fall of longtime Representative Bill Young.
Tamayo said he learned just a few days ago that Cantor would be visiting.
Academy Prep hosts another campus in St. Petersburg and is looking at opening a third campus in the next years. It serves economically disadvantaged kids with what they label a "rigorous" environment: students attend school 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, 11 months a year.