Course Choice

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…]

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…]

Civics teachers need to give more attention to ‘greatest Kennedy’

This commentary from redefinED guest blogger Bill Mattox appeared Sunday in the Dallas Morning News. Mattox is author of the James Madison Institute’s award-winning civics curriculum, “Celebrate Freedom,” and a volunteer leader with the Village Square. It’s fitting that the Olympics ended last weekend, only a few days before schools[Read More…]

Florida superintendent surfs tsunami, generates positive publicity for school choice

Media coverage in Florida is often negative when it comes to how school choice and education choice have become mainstream – and how advantageous that transformation has been for millions of families. How refreshing, then, to see the take from the state’s leading business publication. For its latest cover story,[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…]

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…]

I’m all in!

The advisory firm Tyton Partners has released the second installment of its “school disrupted” study, which takes a deeper look at the drivers and barriers parents experienced when making educational decisions for their children in the face of COVID-19 challenges, as well as how their experiences will continue to shape[Read More…]

The haboob of the future

Back in 2015, I studied Census forecasts about predicted looming increases in state elderly and youth populations. Based on those forecasts, it was easy to see trouble ahead. Six years later, it’s obvious that trouble did indeed arrive, in some cases as expected and in others, in a different form.[Read More…]