Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

Education choice for all families is crucial as schools consider reopening plans

As a parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I know that the decision about re-opening public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic  could have a tremendous impact on the social-emotional health of my son, Deuce, 13, who thrives on structure. The switch to online learning in the spring was[Read More…]

Jeff Driskel: Education choice reduces inequality

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared earlier today in the Gainesville Sun. As the nation grapples with racial inequality, many Americans are seeking ways they can make a positive difference. As a professional athlete, I know the importance of having a level playing field. The rules must apply equally so everyone[Read More…]

The evolving public education market

Public education has historically been a poorly managed, underperforming market. The pandemic is driving changes that could, over time, lead to market improvements that will benefit families, students, educators and the public. In effective and efficient markets, consumers control their purchasing power, monopolies do not exist, the barriers to entry[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Pasco County Principal of the Year

On this episode, Tuthill speaks with JoAnne Glenn, one of the nation’s top online learning leaders. In addition to being Pasco’s 2020 Principal of the Year, Glenn earned one of three Digital Principal of the Year awards from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She is one of the[Read More…]

PodcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews civil rights icon H.K. Matthews

In this episode, Tuthill speaks with the Rev. Hawthorne Konrad (H.K.) Matthews, who was active during the civil rights movement in the Pensacola area and was arrested 35 times for his political activities. Leader of both the local NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Matthews was savagely beaten along[Read More…]

Is it time for Blueprint 2030?

In 1991, the Florida Legislature passed, and Gov. Lawton Chiles signed, Blueprint 2000: The Education Reform and Accountability Act. The purpose of Blueprint 2000 was to restructure how Florida’s public education system was managed. In the late 1980s, Florida was a national leader in experimenting with teacher empowerment and site-based[Read More…]

Pandemic pods and Amara’s law

Pandemic pods were all the rage in last week’s news stories as parents around the country began organizing into micro-schools. It is indeed a fascinating thing to watch, but Amara’s law should be kept in mind. Stanford computer scientist Roy Amara is credited with the theory that “we tend to[Read More…]