Author: Sherri Ackerman

Virtual school gives teen entrepreneur freedom to thrive

When Willow Tufano left a public school for the gifted three years ago and enrolled in Florida Virtual School, she discovered a doorway to opportunity. No longer confined to a typical school day, the eighth-grader spent mornings and afternoons combing Craigslist and garage sales for electronics and other items, then[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Vouchers, fundamental schools, testing & more

Vouchers: Standardized testing would threaten private-school appeal, writes the Orlando Sentinel.  The president of the League of Women Voters of Florida says expanding private scholarships is a further abdication of the state’s responsibility to provide a high quality education to Florida’s children. Orlando Advocate. Fundamental schools: Is St. Petersburg’s fundamental school within[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Vouchers, charter schools, tech ed & more

Vouchers: Three weeks after Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford promised a “massive increase” in school choice scholarships for underprivileged schoolchildren, his chamber releases a 40-page bill. redefinED. The proposal is expected to be one of the most-contentious education battles of the 2014 legislative session. The News Service of Florida. More from CBS Miami. Charter schools:[Read More…]

Rolling across Florida to raise awareness about Catholic schools

Nearly two decades ago, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Pinellas Park, Fla. was on the “death watch list,’’ said Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Families struggled to afford private school tuition, enrollment dwindled and tough decisions loomed for school leaders. But instead of closing the school,[Read More…]

Federal bill would give more school choice to military families

Some parents living on U.S. military bases could use special military scholarships to send their kids to a public or private school other than the one they are assigned to, under a bill recently filed by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. The scholarship program would start as a 5-year, $10[Read More…]