Author: Ron Matus

Micro-school pioneer: If I can do it, so can you

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Before all the buzz about learning pods and micro-schools, some folks were already creating learning pods and micro-schools. Jaime Manfra went down this path 10 years ago. Her Service Learning Micro-school (SLS) is all about flexibility, diversity, community service. Students here spend a lot of time helping[Read More…]

Yes, school choice works in rural areas

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series about the benefits and success of education choice in Florida’s rural areas. For school choice opponents across America who say school choice can’t work in rural areas, say hi to Hope Rural School! Hope Rural School is a PreK-5 Catholic school[Read More…]

Making Christian classical education accessible to all

OVIEDO, Fla. – Kevin Clark is a fellow at The Society for Classical Learning. He’s co-author of an influential book about Christian classical education. For 15 years, he taught at a highly regarded classical school in Central Florida, including classes in logic, rhetoric, philosophy and Christian theology. So it’s no[Read More…]

Florida leads America’s Catholic school rebound

One state stands out behind this year’s encouraging Catholic school rebound, and it’s the same one that’s been defying Catholic school trend lines for a decade. Catholic school enrollment in Florida rose 6.3 percent in 2021-22, the biggest jump of any of the 10 states with the biggest Catholic enrollments[Read More…]

The little micro-school that could

LEESBURG, Fla. – When the time came to begin sketching out plans for her own little school, Nikki Duslak sat in her breakfast nook at 2 a.m. with a notepad, a glass of pinot noir, and a book, “Nonprofit Kit for Dummies.” Duslak has two master’s degrees in education. She’s[Read More…]

A lot of public school employees like private school choice

Many public school districts oppose private school choice, but in Florida, one of the most choice-rich states in America, many of their employees embrace it. This school year, at least 2,600 public school district employees in Florida are sending their children to private schools using the state’s two main private[Read More…]