Author: Lisa Buie

National charter school leader predicts greater grassroots involvement in public education post-pandemic

Debbie Veney already had earned a journalism degree from Howard University when the nation’s first public charter school, City Academy Charter School in St. Paul, Minnesota, opened its doors nearly 30 years ago. She enjoyed the benefits of education choice by attending a Catholic school. “It was small and very[Read More…]

Innovator, education choice advocate keeps one eye on Florida as South Carolina forges ahead with education savings accounts

Ellen Weaver epitomizes education choice. She attended a private Christian school from kindergarten to fifth grade, was homeschooled from sixth to tenth grade, and graduated from a district high school. Since 2013, she has worked as founding president of the nonprofit Palmetto Promise Institute to bring expanded choice to her[Read More…]

Former high school dropout perseveres, overcomes, and will open inclusive school that welcomes students with autism

“There was one event that triggered me to create the private school I had always thought about over my career. It came one day when my son came home and said to me, ‘Mom, I’m a weird kid.’ That broke me, and for a time, it broke him too. ” [Read More…]

Florida mom combines resources to create customized learning plan for son

Christina Sheffield knew the Christian school she chose for her son, Graham, was high quality. It met the expectations she and her husband had for religious instruction. But Graham, who always finished his assignments ahead of his classmates, needed more of a challenge on the academic front. When he completed[Read More…]

podcastED: Formerly homeless family finds a lifeline in education choice scholarships

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Juliette Harrell, an Orlando, Florida, mother of three children, two of whom attend private school thanks to the Family Empowerment Scholarship Economic Options program. Lacking education in financial literacy, Harrell and her husband, Allen, experienced homelessness as teenage parents. Their[Read More…]

Florida Virtual School mom: Her children learn anytime, anywhere

“ … our children discovered a new way of learning that has worked well for them. They enjoy the classes, their teachers, and the flexibility of learning online.” – Marcela Reis Marcela Reis is a mother of three from Boca Raton, Florida. All three children attend Florida Virtual School, the[Read More…]

Whether it’s home or schools, the same thing matters: location, location, location

When my husband and I bought our first home as newlyweds, we didn’t think to ask what public schools served the area. We were young, childless, and hyper-focused on our journalism careers, so our concerns centered on ease of commuting to work and shopping. Then there was the fact that[Read More…]