Author: Scott Kent

Vouchers for me, but not for thee

As the newspaper industry continues to shrink, the Poynter Institute, which is to establishment journalism what The Vatican is to Catholicism, recently published on its blog a column urging Congress to put $2.4 billion in assistance for local news in the current infrastructure bill. What’s striking about the piece is[Read More…]

Sinking a stake in ‘vampire’ myths about education choice

For centuries, the vampire has haunted folklore across cultures. Because these bloodsuckers “become what we fear most at any given time,” it’s not surprising that opponents of education choice see private school vouchers in a similar, uh, vein – draining money from public schools just as a vampire sucks the[Read More…]

Commentary: Let’s start trusting families to make the right choices for their children’s education

Editor’s note: You can read how three choice scholarship families plan to use their federal stimulus checks to supplement their children’s education here. Congress recently passed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans and their dependents. That followed the $600 checks Washington distributed[Read More…]

New Pasco County charter school: ‘We have a plan and teachers who are ready to go to work’

The COVID-19 pandemic has tossed K-12 education into a sea of uncertainty, forcing parents navigating waves of anxiety to search for a safe harbor for their children. Innovation Preparatory Academy, a new K-8 public charter school in Wesley Chapel, is positioning itself as a beacon of stability. Like many states,[Read More…]

How remembering the past could educate us in the future

Never again. It’s the vow from Holocaust survivors not to allow the world to forget their past, lest genocide be repeated in the future. Today, an innovative, high-tech method of delivering that message to the current generation holds promise for distance education opportunities on the horizon.   The USC Shoah[Read More…]

Florida Virtual School likely to be ‘new normal’ in Sunshine State and beyond

When she was a junior in high school, Maya Washburn spent six weeks of her fall semester backpacking around Europe with her mother. From England to Sweden, Norway to Slovakia, the Czech Republic to Austria, the Fort Lauderdale teen never missed a day of class back home. Her classrooms were[Read More…]

Students with intellectual, developmental differences continue to thrive at Jacksonville private school

Like most schools that were shuttered by the COVID-19 virus, North Florida School of Special Education in Jacksonville had to sprint to set up a distance learning program for students suddenly confined to their homes. For Sally Hazelip, the head of NFSSE, it was a longer race that taught her[Read More…]

How Covid-19 could fuel school choice

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Well, not literally. (We hope.) But when American society comes out the other end of the Covid-19 crisis, it almost certainly will operate differently in many ways. The scale of change will depend on the length of the lockdown the[Read More…]