Author: Patrick R. Gibbons

Florida’s changing landscape: 1.6 million students in Sunshine State choose education choice

Editor’s note: National School Choice Week 2023 kicked off Monday and continues through Saturday. The event celebrates K-12 options available to families while generating public awareness of the importance of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to find the best educational fit. More than 1.6 million K-12 students in Florida[Read More…]

Best of 2022: Can an old case from Florida stop voucher expansion?

Editor’s note: In keeping with our year-end tradition, the team at reimaginED reviewed our work over the past 12 months to find stories and commentaries that represent our best content of 2022. This post from Step Up For Students’ Patrick Gibbons is the fifth in our series. School choice opponents[Read More…]

Students who left traditional public schools for charters not returning after pandemic

A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reveals three key takeaways, updating its 2021 charter school enrollment report, “Voting With Their Feet.” Titled “Changing Course: Public School Enrollment Shifts During the Pandemic,” the report is an analysis of student enrollment trends in public schools during the[Read More…]

By the numbers: An analysis of religious school enrollment

Editor’s note: Step Up For Students’ manager of public affairs Patrick Gibbons dives into religious school enrollment in Florida by denomination and scholarship program in this post. More than 173,000 students in Florida attend private religious schools using one of the state’s education choice scholarships, representing nearly 70% of all[Read More…]

Tyton Partners report: Blueprints for a post-pandemic K-12 education system

The Covid-19 pandemic proved that K-12 education was ripe for disruption. A new report from Tyton Partners finds that a majority of parents “prefer to direct and curate their child’s education rather than rely on local school systems.” With many families educating their children at home during the crisis, parents[Read More…]

Florida NAEP Math scores: The good, the bad, the ugly

Florida’s Reading test results in the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) weren’t all bad news, but things look much worse for Math scores. Where Florida’s fourth-grade Reading test scores dropped by an average of 0.6 points across all subgroups, students lost an average of 5.2 points in fourth-grade Math.[Read More…]

Florida NAEP Reading scores: The good, the bad, the ugly

Results from the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) aren’t pretty, but Florida does have some bright spots. The state’s students continue to excel at reading, especially when viewing the results demographically, and in particular, by free and reduced-price lunch eligibility, an indicator of poverty. Comparing overall results isn’t[Read More…]

Florida scholarship programs set new records as enrollment soars

The 2022-23 school year got off to a strong start for education choice scholarships in the Sunshine State, with several programs seeing record-breaking enrollment. Overall, more than 240,000 scholarships were funded, a 26% growth over the prior school year. Step Up For Students, the state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations that[Read More…]