Education Choice

Florida Virtual School preparing to blast off

Editor’s note: This is a developing story; watch for updates. Like many states, Florida has quickly ramped up its online education offerings to temporarily replace brick-and-mortar schools that were closed in response to the COVID-19 virus. But those efforts are about to receive an injection of rocket fuel that will[Read More…]

Hard work, not ‘magic Cubans,’ led to Florida’s Hispanic literacy surge

You, dear reader, look as though you could use some distraction from the viral apocalypse. Like many good stories, this one flashes back to the past to inform the present. A decade ago, while an analyst at the Goldwater Institute, I participated in a debate concerning choice versus curriculum reform.[Read More…]

Switch, now, to online learning? This charter school org was ready

About a decade ago, Fernando Zulueta was making a presentation to school district officials in Florida about why his charter school support company, Academica, needed to expand into online learning. For one thing, he told them, charter schools serviced by Academica must better serve students who need flexibility because of[Read More…]

Social distancing: a perfect opportunity for parents to find out what their children are learning

Coronavirus is interrupting life in general and education specifically. As parents in the U.S. adjust to school closures and the potential for their K-12 child’s coursework to continue online, families should come to realize that they will be exposed to more of what their children are learning. For some, this[Read More…]

Catholic schools move gracefully into online learning

Like all Florida public and private schools, Catholic schools, which educate about 1.8 million students nationwide and about 65,000 throughout the state, had mere days to move from in-person teaching to digital platforms once schools closed due to coronavirus. As word of the closure came, National Catholic Education Association president[Read More…]

Broward County private school uses ingenuity, technology to keep learning on track

Stacy Angier figured it was only a matter of time. Three days before the announcement of a statewide school shutdown, the principal of Abundant Life Christian Academy had been privy to updates on how Covid-19 was ravaging Broward County through her volunteer position as a commissioner for the North Broward[Read More…]

How Covid-19 could fuel school choice

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Well, not literally. (We hope.) But when American society comes out the other end of the Covid-19 crisis, it almost certainly will operate differently in many ways. The scale of change will depend on the length of the lockdown the[Read More…]

Florida Legislature approves $42 million funding boost for Gardiner Scholarships

Florida House and Senate members today unanimously approved a $93.2 billion state budget that includes an additional $42 million for the Gardiner Scholarship program, an education savings account for students with unique abilities. The approval brings the total amount allocated to the program to $189,901,004 and opens the program to[Read More…]