podcastED: Founder of Arizona charter school for children with autism seeks to take model national

On this episode, senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Diana Diaz-Harrison, a former teacher, television journalist and founder at Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix, the Southwest region’s only tuition-free school specializing in best practices for students who are on the autism spectrum. Diaz-Harrison started the school in 2014 after[Read More…]

An early look at microschooling in America

Editor’s note: This analysis from Mike McShane, director of national research at EdChoice, appeared last week on Earlier today, the National Microschooling Center released a new report on microschooling in America based on a survey of 100 current and 100 potential microschool leaders. It paints a fascinating portrait of an emerging[Read More…]

How one Florida mom built a school just for her son

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on To read reimaginED’s feature story on CREATE Conservatory, click here. When Nikki Duslak’s son repeatedly returned home from school traumatized from what he learned that day, she knew something had to change. To challenge Avery, who was then five years old and[Read More…]

podcastED: Step Up For Students top leaders discuss how Florida’s HB 1 will transform education choice in the Sunshine State through flexibility

  On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Doug Tuthill and Amy Graham of Step Up For Students, the nation’s largest K-12 education choice scholarship funding organization. Tuthill is president of Step Up, and Graham is vice president of policy, innovation and empowerment for the Florida-based organization.[Read More…]

Jaylen’s challenge: Prevent bullying, create Tourette Syndrome awareness

LAKELAND, FLA – Jaylen Arnold was 8 when he walked into his old elementary school to speak with two dozen or so former classmates, many of whom had recently taunted and physically bullied him. Jaylen was scared. His mother, Robin, walking beside him, was proud. The meeting was Jaylen’s idea. He[Read More…]

podcastED: South Florida mom welcomes education savings account flexibility for two sons

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Aimée Uriarte, a single parent whose two sons attend Christopher Columbus High School, an all-male Catholic school in Miami. Older son Sebastian, 17, receives a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options, while his brother, Alejandro, 15, attends on a Family[Read More…]

Two thousand zero zero, party over, oops out of time

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of state lawmakers, one of whom asked me a startling question after acknowledging that his state doesn’t have charter schools: Should we really bother with them? As I heard the record scratch in my head, my mind wandered to a[Read More…]

South Florida Jewish day schools pledge support for tuition affordability, school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on, the website of the Orthodox Union. You can read a story about Jewish day schools and education choice from reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie here. Leaders from six Jewish day schools in South Florida recently convened to discuss the historic school choice[Read More…]