Education Savings Accounts

Gov. Scott approves expanded Gardiner Scholarships for special needs students

With Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, Florida’s newest educational choice program will have a new name, and will be able to serve more students. Flanked by Senate President Andy Gardiner and his family, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, and the lawmakers who sponsored the legislation, Scott approved SB 672 this afternoon during a ceremony[Read More…]

Wishing all parents can have access to educational services they need

Note: Parents who have chosen a variety of schooling options have shared their educational wishes for 2016. This is the final installment in this year’s series. by Jennifer Wilmot Seven years ago, my daughter was born a beautiful, pink baby girl: six pounds, six ounces, ten fingers, ten toes, and a[Read More…]

Wishing special needs children can get support they need, without a fight

Note: This week on the blog, parents who have chosen a variety of schooling options will be sharing their educational wishes for 2016. by Lydia Burton When I think of the wishes that I have for my child, so many of them revolve around his education. Not just the ability to tailor[Read More…]

ESAs and equity: Why the educational choice movement needs the left

Educational choice advocates have urged caution amid early reports that show, so far, Nevada’s new, near-universal education savings account program seems to be attracting families who are relatively well-off. They’re right to note these participation numbers reflect the “earliest of the early adopters.” It will take time for outreach efforts to inform low-income families about[Read More…]

Florida House panel backs expansion of special needs scholarship accounts

A Florida House panel this morning unanimously approved legislation expanding Florida’s newest educational choice program. The measure would codify changes approved last year that allowed 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs to access Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts. It also expands uses for the accounts. Because the changes were part of a[Read More…]

School choice, regulation and parents’ diverse needs

Parents need access to quality educational options. But, as several school choice advocates said during an education reform gathering in Orlando on Thursday, they will define quality based on their children’s needs. Hergit Llenas is the director of local engagement for the Nevada School Choice Partnership. Her state is home to[Read More…]

ESAs and the next wave of education innovation

Backers of the newest generation of educational choice programs seem to have found a favorite analogy. Education savings accounts, they’ll often say, are like the smartphones of school choice. To skeptics, might sound like another lazy tech metaphor in education reform, but there’s a reason the parallel between education savings accounts and iPhones has[Read More…]