Author: Amy Graham

A smaller stack of Florida school choice bills still in the hopper

Halfway through this year’s Florida legislative session, here’s a brief look at the school choice related bills that are still moving. To compare to the bills at the beginning of the session, click here. Things are changing fast. Several bills, for instance, are up for a House vote today. Career[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers to consider a stack of school choice bills

Editor’s note: Another year, another legislative session, another stack of school-choice bills in Florida. Here’s a roundup of choice legislation that lawmakers will consider in the annual session that begins today. Career Academies: SB 1076 by Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz. Expands the “Career and Professional Education Act (CAPE),” revising requirements[Read More…]

Final tally on school choice bills in Florida

Editor’s note: Florida has a national reputation as school choice central. And in the state legislative session that ended Friday, lawmakers again took up a wide range of choice proposals, including the parent trigger bill that drew so much attention. Here’s a redefinED rundown of what happened from Amy Graham, senior policy analyst for Step Up for[Read More…]

The State of the Sunshine State

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his first State of the State speech this evening, and whatever he may say about education, political observers in the Sunshine State already are calling this legislative session one of the most consequential, and controversial, for public education. Michelle Rhee has visited the state several times, in part[Read More…]

Legislative Watch — Pennsylvania bill advances; Georgia, Maryland and Ohio file similar measures

Pennsylvania’s proposed Opportunity Scholarship (SB 1) made it through a key Senate education committee today, passing by an 8-2 margin, with two Democrats voting in favor. Democrats in opposition to the measure had proposed several amendments — some addressing funding mechanisms, others adding regulations on faith-based schools that accept scholarship students — most of[Read More…]