Education and Public Policy

Time to help South Carolina students dream big

South Carolina parents and students are ready for summer. In Greenville, high schools like Eastside and Riverside held their graduations last week. Charter schools around the state also had their graduation ceremonies and year-end events in recent days. But not all the important education work is finished for this school[Read More…]

Commonwealth Foundation calls for expanded school choice policies in 23-point legislative agenda for 2023

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on City & State Pennsylvania’s website. You can read the Commonwealth Foundation’s full plan here. A Harrisburg free-market think tank unveiled its 2023 legislative agenda this week, which proponents say is backed by polling data and could help revitalize the commonwealth – if lawmakers[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida law enforcement dad grateful for scholarship expansion

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Shawn McCormick, a Florida law enforcement officer, husband, and father of four. McCormick’s children became eligible for a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options after the passage of House Bill 3, which extended eligibility to law enforcement families regardless of[Read More…]

Back to the future: The case for modernizing Arizona’s K-12 funding formula

Editor’s note: Here is the introduction to a new white paper authored by Matthew Ladner, director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity, and reimaginED executive editor. You can read the full paper here. Arizona has long ranked fairly low in rankings of per pupil funding. Demographic and other factors[Read More…]

New Florida education commissioner signals strong support for school choice on Day 1

Editor’s note: This guest commentary, an exclusive to reimaginED, comes from James Herzog, director of legislative services at the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools. On June 1, the first day of his tenure as Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Manny Diaz Jr. convened via video more than 20 education policy[Read More…]

Hawaii has much to teach the mainland on funding equity

I recently published a white paper on K-12 funding equity in Arizona. The news was not great. Back in 1980, Arizona lawmakers were concerned about a Serrano vs. Priest-style lawsuit from California (won by education choice icons Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman, by the way!). The lawmakers went and did[Read More…]

Education bill helps more students access choice, dual enrollment, high-quality books

Students who were unable to receive funding this year from the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities will get some relief this year. On the day he signed the state’s $109.9 billion budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis approved Senate Bill 2524, which raises the cap from 20,000 to 26,500 during the[Read More…]