Author: Lisa Buie

New autism center in Florida Keys offers education, therapy, resources – and hope

Editor’s note: Visit autismsocietyofthekeys.com for more information on the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism and cbc4autism.org for more on the Carrie Brazer School for Autism. For 23 years, the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism in Miami has served students on the autism spectrum and others with neurodiverse conditions. During that[Read More…]

Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

Editor’s note: You can watch a livestream of the celebration here. Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was[Read More…]

South Carolina education choice bill reaches major milestone toward becoming law

After two decades of defeat, South Carolina education choice advocates claimed victory late Tuesday after the state House of Representatives passed its version of a bill that would give choice to low-income students, students with special needs, and military families. “This vote marks a major milestone on a 20-year journey[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom expresses gratitude for state scholarship expansion to students in military families

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Tina Riffe, whose daughter, Vivian, 15, attends Grace Christian School in the Tampa Bay area on a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options. Riffe’s father served in the U.S. Navy. Her husband, Danny, a first-class petty officer, joined the Navy[Read More…]

Science center in the Ozarks reinvents itself, wins $1 million prize to continue offering education choice to families

Two years ago, as the coronavirus pandemic began shuttering childcare centers nationwide, a Springfield, Missouri, center that had been providing STEM education activities faced a critical decision. Should it close, or should it attempt to fill the area’s childcare gap? The team at The Discovery Center voted to stay open.[Read More…]

Q&A with a Catholic school advocate who has returned to her roots

“As times change, technology changes, and our students change. We, too, need to continue our education in best practices to be equipped for those changes.” – Cristina Rodriguez Catholic education has been an integral part of Cristina Rodriguez’s life. Her mother was a teacher in Cuba at a School of the[Read More…]

Word for Word: Newly confirmed Florida education commissioner pledges to keep his ‘foot on the pedal’ for education choice

Editor’s note: The Florida state board of education unanimously confirmed State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., an education choice champion, as the state’s next Commissioner of Education on Friday. Diaz, R-Hialeah Gardens, has served in the Florida Legislature since he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He won[Read More…]

Tennessee Legislature votes to expand education choice to students with dyslexia

About 36,000 more students in the Volunteer State could soon get access to education choice scholarships that will allow parents to customize their learning. The Tennessee General Assembly voted Monday to expand the state’s Individualized Education Account program to include students with dyslexia with the House of Representatives voting 69-21[Read More…]