Florida Education Revolution

Busting myths of 20 years ago

Florida’s then-Gov. Jeb Bush testifying before a U.S. House committee Sept. 23, 1999. Twenty years ago this week, Gov. Jeb Bush spoke before the House Education Budget Committee about Florida’s recently passed A+ Plan and the state’s first voucher, the Opportunity Scholarship Program. “It’s been fun, in all honesty,” Bush[Read More…]

Florida’s Blaine amendment leaves many unanswered questions (Part 2)

This is the second of two posts on the judicial history of Florida’s Blaine Amendment with regard to public aid to private religious institutions. Part one can be read here. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on the constitutionality of state Blaine Amendments in 2020. Lawyers defending[Read More…]

A little better all the time, Part 2

Editor’s note: Today, we offer Part 2 of a two-part post from redefinED executive editor Matt Ladner. You can read Part 1 here. Ladner’s commentary ends our series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the K-12 reforms launched by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, collectively known as the A+ accountability plan. One[Read More…]

Patricia Levesque describes public education in the year 2039

If you hopped in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and traveled to the year 2039, what would your utopian public education system look like? That’s the question Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill posed to Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation For Excellence in Education, on this episode of PodcastED. For[Read More…]

An education choice advocate reflects on benefits of A+ plan

Editor’s note: redefinED continues to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the K-12 reforms launched by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, collectively known as the A+ accountability plan, with this post from Step Up For Students’ executive director for advocacy and civic engagement. In her first-person piece, she recounts how she became[Read More…]

Jeb Bush’s A+ Plan anniversary: 20 years to the day

“I think we’re in for a renaissance in public education.” With these words, Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law on June 21, 1999, a bill that set in motion his vision for the future of education in Florida. The A+ Plan, which had been Bush’s top campaign promise when he[Read More…]

Remember the rebels

Florida’s first school choice voucher left quite the legacy, even though it didn’t survive a legal challenge. One of the first Opportunity Scholarship students, Khaliah Clanton-Williams, says school choice changed her life for the better, and she’s hoping it will continue to expand so it can benefit her son as well.