2023 Florida Legislature

Deregulation offered to help Florida district schools compete in era of expanded education choice

When Florida lawmakers debated HB 1 earlier this year, the discussion largely focused on how the legislation would dramatically expand education choice through universal eligibility and flexible spending options for families. Another part of the bill inspired far less discussion but got the attention of school district leaders across the[Read More…]


Educational choice is no longer an experiment in Florida

A new law that took effect July 1 expands Florida’s educational choice scholarships. A new opinion column in the Tampa Bay Times argues this is not a new experiment. The growth of educational options in Florida has been decades in the making. Scott Kent, the Director of Strategic Communications at[Read More…]

Religious virtual schools in Florida hoping to reap benefits of HB1

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1 into law, he praised it as “the largest expansion of education choice not only in this state but in the history of these United States.” During committee hearings, lawmakers called it “transformational.” The sweeping legislation extended eligibility for the Sunshine State’s 20-year-old[Read More…]

Education freedom is a victory for Florida’s students and families; here’s what it means for you

Editor’s note: This commentary from Daniel Martnez, director of external affairs for Americans for Prosperity – Florida and a reimaginED guest blogger, is an exclusive to reimaginED. The 2023 legislative session was truly historic, marking the beginning of truly meaningful education choice for parents across the state. This will result[Read More…]

The Empire (state) strikes out

The recently passed New York budget included a deal for 14 new charter schools, certainly a welcome development. With an estimated charter school waitlist of 163,000 students, that’s about one new school for every 11,600 or so waitlisted students. New York seems unwilling to have the supply of schooling alternatives[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida scholarship mom delighted with end to waitlist for children with unique abilities

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Rachel Hayon Sabbah, a nurse and mother of four daughters, including two who receive the Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. Her eldest daughter, Elisheva, 8, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and younger daughter Ahavah, 4, has[Read More…]

A look back at the 2023 Florida legislative session

The 2023 Florida legislative session ended Friday with lawmakers passing a record $117 billion budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Many education-related items were included in bills tied to the budget, including $2.2 billion for a major expansion of education choice that will extend eligibility to[Read More…]

Florida Legislature unanimous in approval of bill to allow charter school students to play sports for private schools

One of several bills that would let charter school students play sports and participate in extra-curricular activities at willing private schools has cleared the Florida Legislature and awaits Gov. Ron DeSantis’s signature. In a display of bipartisanship, all 116 of the House members who were present voted to approve SB[Read More…]