Author: Lisa Buie

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…]

Becoming ‘Dr. K’: Creativity and passion for teaching sends educator to the principal’s office

In 2019, when she was teaching at Butler College Prep, a public four-year charter high school in Chicago, Kendrah Underwood earned the reputation as the world’s coolest teacher for filming a video of her students rapping about what they were willing to do to earn a good grade. The video,[Read More…]

Adventist Florida Conference leader: Our goal is to be intentional

“The greatest gift that any educator can give to their students is to serve them by being a foundation for learning rather than a ceiling.” – Frank Runnels As the organizational body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the state of Florida, the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has a[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with homeschool mom Melissa Demain

On this episode, redefined senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Palm Coast, Florida, parent Melissa Demain, whose daughter, Abby, receives the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. Demain discusses how her daughter’s medical condition, diagnosed when she was 3, necessitated a transfer from the private school she had[Read More…]

Private school enrollment increase points to parent, student satisfaction as new academic year begins

Holy Family Catholic School started its new academic year not with a bang, but a boom. An enrollment boom. “Last year, we had about 360 students,” said Sandy Salem, director of marketing and advancement for the Jacksonville, Florida, school.  “This year we jumped to over 420. We hope to continue[Read More…]

State officials expand school choice scholarship eligibility to families in military reserves

More military families will be able to qualify for state K-12 education choice scholarships due to a rule change approved today by the Florida Board of Education. The rule was made in response to the passage of HB 7045, which expanded scholarship eligibility to dependents of active duty military families.[Read More…]