Education Politics

Experts hail Florida’s passage of expanded school choice legislation: ‘No longer hostage to broken system’

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday on Every parent in Florida could soon be eligible to use state funds to send their children to the school of their choice, thanks to a historic universal school choice bill passing in the state legislature on Thursday. Florida’s House Bill 1 expands school[Read More…]

Florida House passes universal school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared earlier today on Republicans in the Florida House passed a landmark universal school choice bill Friday that would give every K-12 student statewide access to a voucher for attending private school. A 83-27 vote put Florida on the cusp of joining states like Arizona[Read More…]

Word for word: What parents want Florida legislators to know this session

Editor’s note: Among those who came prepared Thursday to speak to Florida lawmakers in favor of legislation that would make education choice more flexible for families were two parents whose children have benefited from the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Lance Ball and Rebeka Joseph, both of Tallahassee, want legislators to[Read More…]

House poised to pass education choice expansion

Editor’s note: This article appeared today on The Florida House is on the cusp of passing a massive expansion of school-voucher programs that would make every student eligible to receive taxpayer-backed scholarships, while the full Senate is poised to consider its version of the bill. A disagreement, however, has[Read More…]

Legislation expanding school choice heading to Senate floor

Editor’s note: This article appeared earlier today on A bill creating universal school choice — giving vouchers to all students regardless of income — is heading to the full Senate. The bill (SB 202), sponsored by Sen. Corey Simon of Tallahassee, aced its third committee stop in front of[Read More…]

Texas legislation would compensate rural districts if students leave for private schools

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on On the last day of bill filing for the current legislative session, priority legislation on the expansion of school choice and parental rights was finally filed in the Texas Senate. State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) revealed the bill Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is[Read More…]

Word for word: Democratic lawmaker says education choice saved his life

Editor’s note: Last week, as members of the Florida House Education & Employment Committee debated HB 1, some lawmakers shared how education choice, or the lack of it, shaped their lives. Among them was Rep. Gallop Franklin II. The Tallahassee Democrat, one of two members of his party who joined[Read More…]

ESAs’ surge is decades in the making, and advocates are prepared for pushback

Editor’s note: This commentary from Adam Peshek, senior director and senior fellow at Stand Together Trust, appeared today on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s website. In the summer of 2015, I sat at my desk and Googled “health savings account providers.” At the time, I had been in states across[Read More…]