Education Choice

“We’re not changing the rigor.” In the wake of closures, this school isn’t letting academics slide

Editor’s note: Scroll to the end of this post to watch a portion of Dayspring Academy’s virtual morning assembly, in which assistant principal Jennifer Smith encourages students to “finish this year strong.” PORT RICHEY, Fla. – The new, online, morning assembly at Dayspring Academy began one day last week with[Read More…]

Pinellas County private school managing academics, behavior in online setting

On the first day of virtual school, Raina Phenicie attended all her classes, including P.E. “It just blew my mind,” said her dad, Scott Phenicie. “Here’s a kid in my kitchen doing jumping jacks and pushups. She was sweating and breathing and drinking water.”  When music time came, she was[Read More…]

Port Richey Catholic school rallies around family affected by coronavirus

As schools continue to navigate their new reality in the face of coronavirus, a Catholic school in Port Richey is facing a challenge that goes beyond educating children and cuts to the heart of what it means to be a community. On March 10, nearly a week before most brick-and-mortar[Read More…]

COVID-19 could be worse – it could be coming back

In Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” the doctor and Igor are robbing graves for monster parts. Dr. Frankenstein complains, and Igor optimistically notes that it could be worse, because it could be raining. Lightning, thunder and a torrential downpour instantly follow. The coronavirus pandemic has educators scrambling to develop impromptu distance[Read More…]

The proof is in the numbers: participation in education choice is soaring

While Covid-19 likely will be responsible for the single largest increase in virtual education in Florida’s history, enrollment growth over time in another program that offers education choice, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, is nevertheless impressive. From academic year 2015-16 to 2016-17, the program grew by 20,000 students. Meanwhile,[Read More…]

School choice will help us respond to coronavirus

Editor’s note: This commentary from Neal McCluskey, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, first appeared on I do not have any expertise in COVID-19. From what I can tell, I am reflective of the vast majority of people, and hence we are all facing a time of significant uncertainty.[Read More…]

Longwood private school uses imagination to spark online learning

When teachers at a central Florida private school that strives to celebrate the uniqueness of each student learned they had only a few days to transition to remote learning, they vowed to get creative. Really creative. A math teacher devised a lesson plan using groceries from her pantry to show[Read More…]