Coronavirus / COVID-19

The unfinished school system

John Darwin’s book The Unfinished Empire describes the British Empire as “unfinished,” in large part because the Britons never agreed on the purpose of empire in the first place. The military, merchants and religious missionaries had wildly different concepts regarding what empire was about. Over centuries, solemn promises not to[Read More…]

Louisiana community partnership offers choice, hope for students, families

As a new academic year begins, school leaders nationwide continue to grapple with crucial decisions about how best to educate children amid continued risks posed by a worldwide pandemic. In a recent article for The 74, Chris Meyer, the chief executive officer of New Schools for Baton Rouge, describes the[Read More…]

Study: Lack of in-person instruction caused public school enrollment to dip

A new report from researchers at Stanford University shows about 300,000 students did not attend public school last year because their schools didn’t offer in-person learning, a finding that accounts for about one-quarter of the country’s overall public school enrollment drop during the pandemic. The study examined the impact of[Read More…]

Florida private school enrollment declines sharply during pandemic

COVID-19 rocked K-12 school enrollment overall last year, but private schools were hit especially hard as enrollment declined for the first time in more than a decade. A new report from the Florida Department of Education shows private school enrollment fell by 33,500 students, the steepest decline observed in the[Read More…]

Virtual school enrollment in Florida, nationally on the rise

Enrollment at Florida’s statewide public online virtual school is climbing as the coronavirus Delta variant surges amid fall semester school re-openings. Florida Virtual School is projecting more than 12,300 full-time students for the 2021-22 school year, less than the number who attended during the 2020-21 school year but significantly higher[Read More…]

Latest figures from Florida DOE in line with national surge in homeschooling

The uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 may be responsible for a massive spike in the number of homeschooled students in Florida according to recent data from the state Department of Education. DOE officials report that homeschool enrollment during the 2020-21 school year grew more than 35% over[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Kansas state Rep. Kristey Williams on expanding education choice

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of the Kansas House K-12 Education Budget Committee about the education choice landscape in her state. After attempting to create the Sunflower State’s first education savings account during the last legislative session, Kansas lawmakers settled for an expansion of the existing tax credit[Read More…]

Commentary: 2021 is the year of school choice, education freedom

American Federation for Children director of research Corey DeAngelis in a Friday interview with Fox Business extended a “formal thank you” to the American Federation of Teachers for being the driving force in the upswing of parents who are investigating school choice options. Union posturing, DeAngelis hypothesizes, can be credited[Read More…]