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Florida Transportation Scholarship program aims to remove barriers, aid education choice

Jenifer Hernandez is every bit the school choice mom, though her two daughters attend Jacksonville public schools. Her 7-year-old, Sienna Vira, goes to Seaside Charter Elementary, a school inspired by the Waldorf education tradition. Eleven-year-old Mariavictoria Vira attends LaVilla Middle School of the Arts, a Duval County Public Schools magnet,[Read More…]

Building bridges to opportunity for disconnected youth: Providing more choices through a pathways opportunity agenda

Editor’s note: Bruno Manno, senior advisor to the Walton Family Foundation’s K-12 program and former assistance secretary of education for policy in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, provided this commentary exclusively to reimaginED. Senior Advisor to the Walton Family Foundation’s K-12 program. He is former Assistance Secretary of[Read More…]

Taking the long view on education choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Walter Blanks, press secretary for the American Federation for Children and a beneficiary of education choice, is an exclusive to reimaginED. We all can agree education choice is extremely important and that it has been transformational for students. Well, most of us can. While there[Read More…]

Research shows education savings accounts are being used precisely as intended

Recently, reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner noted the 10th anniversary of education savings accounts, which debuted in Arizona in the form of the  Empowerment Scholarship Account. In the past decade, research has demonstrated a refreshing truth about the accounts. In an age of fake news, they have proved authentic, empowering[Read More…]

Opinion: A modest education reform that could save Connecticut taxpayers billions

Editor’s note: This commentary from Lewis M. Andrews, chair of the Children’s Educational Opportunity Foundation of Connecticut, appeared Saturday on the New Haven Register. A recently released school reform study in New York promises timely fiscal as well as educational benefits, and not just for the Empire State. Some quick[Read More…]

Innovator, education choice advocate keeps one eye on Florida as South Carolina forges ahead with education savings accounts

Ellen Weaver epitomizes education choice. She attended a private Christian school from kindergarten to fifth grade, was homeschooled from sixth to tenth grade, and graduated from a district high school. Since 2013, she has worked as founding president of the nonprofit Palmetto Promise Institute to bring expanded choice to her[Read More…]

New York’s mayor needs to do more than eliminate ‘gifted’ programs

Editor’s note: This commentary from writer, lawyer and legal historian Natalie Wexler appeared recently on forbes.com. You can listen to a podcast Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill recorded with Wexler here. Bowing to longstanding pressure, New York City’s outgoing mayor has announced that the city will eliminate its[Read More…]

Nation’s most expansive education savings account is good news for West Virginia families

Editor’s note: reimaginED is pleased to present this commentary from Colleen Hroncich, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, on the benefits of education savings accounts to students and families of West Virginia. Katie Switzer, a West Virginia mother of four, knows firsthand that different children have different needs. That’s why[Read More…]