Author: Doug Tuthill

SUFS president Doug Tuthill on new DeVos book, how the former education secretary exhibits grace under pressure

Former US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a new book today called Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child. I’ve read the book and I like it. Hostages No More flows well and touches on most of the key topics readers[Read More…]

National teacher union leader wants to have a different conversation. Me too.

Editor’s note: This commentary from Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill explores why education choice advocates are working hard to improve public education. The education news site, The 74, published an article recently on how the pandemic is impacting the education choice movement. The article quoted American Federation of[Read More…]

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Word for word: SUFS president on expansion of education choice in Florida

Editor’s note: Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill appeared last week before the Florida House of Representatives’ Pre-K – 12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee to answer questions about how state scholarship programs are managed and how improvements could be made after passage of HB 7045, the nation’s largest education choice[Read More…]

Florida Legislature is normalizing, expanding access to education choice

The Florida House and Senate have sent Gov. Ron DeSantis legislation that will continue normalizing and expanding access to choice in public education. Florida began expanding access to education choice in the late 1970s/early ’80s through the creation of district magnet schools. Next came charter schools and the Florida Virtual[Read More…]

Florida Legislature heads into historic session

The 175-year-old Florida Legislature, which turns 176 on May 26, reconvenes today for its annual 60-day legislative session. The largest global pandemic since 1918 has played havoc with the state’s budget, so money, as usual, will be the dominant issue. About 85,000 school district students were no-shows this year. The[Read More…]

Further evidence that Florida’s lower-income students will benefit from access to ESAs

There are many important policy improvements in Florida Senate Bill 48, the innovative education choice legislation sponsored by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. that is receiving so much national attention. But my favorite enhancement is the creation of education savings accounts (ESAs) for lower-income families. This year, Florida is providing scholarships[Read More…]

Much to celebrate in Florida as school choice is recognized nationwide

National School Choice Week kicked off Sunday and will continue through this Saturday. This year’s celebration is especially meaningful for Step Up For Students given it coincides with our 20th anniversary of serving disadvantaged students and their families. Over the last 20 years, Step Up has raised about $5 billion[Read More…]

Black students need empowerment and support, not white paternalism

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board decision and the 1968 conflict between the white New York City teachers union and the Black Ocean Hill-Brownsville community were historic events. Together they helped make well-intentioned white paternalism the primary way public education has related to Black students and their families[Read More…]