New national poll: Lawmakers should be consistent on education choice opportunities

Results from a new poll from RealClear Opinion Research indicates that voters have a problem with lawmakers who oppose school choice for others but exercise it for their own children. According to a survey conducted this month of more than 2,000 registered voters, 62% would be less likely to vote[Read More…]

How civil rights activist Howard Fuller became a devout champion of school choice

Editor’s note: This article about education choice pioneer Howard Fuller from Jon Hale, associate professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, appeared Monday on The Conversation, a nonprofit, independent news organization that encourages Creative Commons republication. As a longtime civil rights activist and education reformer, Howard Fuller[Read More…]

Parental choice retention bill clears Senate Education Committee with bi-partisan support

A bill that would allow parents to hold their children back a grade to make up for COVID-slide learning losses sailed through the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. S.B. 200, filed by state Sen. Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, would let parents of children in kindergarten through eighth grade make the[Read More…]

This Memphis mom has a Thanksgiving message for Joe Biden

Editor’s note: This post from former teacher, school board member and passionate education choice advocate Erika Sanzi features a powerful message from a fellow school choice advocate. The commentary appeared earlier this week on Education Post. Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing[Read More…]

How children’s savings accounts can promote equal opportunity

Editor’s note: In this commentary, Dan Lips revisits an opinion piece Robert Reich wrote 20 years ago about progressive school vouchers in which Reich offered a promising grand compromise between the left’s and right’s visions for education reform. Today, Lips writes, state-funded children’s savings accounts are a new promising compromise[Read More…]

Scholarship expansion bill headed to governor’s desk for signature

A bill that expands and aligns two K-12 scholarship programs for economically disadvantaged students won final passage in the Florida Legislature today and will be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his expected signature. With no debate and by a vote of 21 to 14, the Florida Senate gave final[Read More…]

Word for word: Rep. Susan Valdes on HB7067

Editor’s note: Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, was one of eight Democrats who joined a Republican majority Monday to approve HB 7067. A nearly two-hour emotional debate on the bill, which is aimed at aligning policies between the new Family Empowerment Scholarship and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and increasing allowed enrollment[Read More…]

Top member of Democratic Caucus urges scholarship donors to stay the course

One day after more than 100 black and Hispanic pastors gathered at the State Capitol in support of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, has issued a statement urging program donors not to withhold funding despite recent attacks alleging the program discriminates against LGBTQ students.[Read More…]