Bipartisanship

Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

Editor’s note: You can watch a livestream of the celebration here. Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was[Read More…]

Focus on constituencies to propel education choice forward

Months ago, The Heritage Foundation published a study showing that Democrats have provided determinative votes only rarely in state legislatures on private choice programs. I’ve seen little publicly that would constitute a substantive response. Privately, I’ve heard multiple missives that fall somewhere on the “random grousing” to “grasping at straws”[Read More…]

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…]