Education Reporting

Florida again No. 3 in America in K-12 achievement

Florida, a national leader in education choice, ranks No. 3 in K-12 achievement for a second year in a row, trailing only Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to the latest rankings report from Education Week. This shouldn’t be a surprise. For one thing, Education Week based most of its 2021[Read More…]

Choice, curriculum and a promising path to better readers

LEESBURG, Fla. – It’s not that Theresa Chang’s sons, Liam and Joshua, didn’t like books before. It’s just that now they’re infatuated to the point of feuding. The fourth-grader and fifth-grader are gravitating to more books, more advanced books, and yes, sometimes even squabbling over books one or the other[Read More…]

Florida students now No. 2 in America in AP exam success

When it comes to academic performance, Florida’s public education system continues to rack up the trophies. The Sunshine State now ranks No. 2 in the nation in the percentage of graduating seniors who have passed college-caliber Advanced Placement exams, behind only Connecticut, according to data released Wednesday by the College[Read More…]

Florida DOE releases numbers for state scholarship program

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship enrollment by grade level, 2020-21 Official enrollment figures for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship are in. According to the September 2020 quarterly report, released this week by the Florida Department of Education, 100,008 students enrolled in the program for the 2020-21 school year. The program, which[Read More…]

‘Every day is a challenge’: 8 lessons from the toughest school year ever

Editor’s note: There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to educating students in person during a pandemic. But schools and districts across the country have found things that work for them and that may be options for other places as they navigate the months before widespread vaccination. This article originally appeared Dec. 2[Read More…]

No, school choice won’t decimate your public schools

The next time school choice opponents claim the apocalypse is coming to public schools in your state – and there’s a whole new round of that in the wake of pandemic pods – point them to Florida. Education choice in the Sunshine State isn’t some fearmonger’s abstraction, and the story[Read More…]

DOE: Majority of scholarship program schools pass accountability muster

The Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at the Florida Department of Education visited more than 200 private schools participating in scholarship programs between November 2018 and October 2019 to ensure compliance with state regulations. In addition to the visits, the DOE investigated 123 written complaints, reviewed hundreds of[Read More…]