Faith-based Education

Private school operator polishes diamonds in the rough

Kat Crowell-Grate was leading Sunday school classes in her hometown of Ocala, Fla., when she discovered many of her students couldn’t read. So the retired accountant started a tutoring program. That led to a substitute teaching job where she caught the eye of a local principal, who told her, “You[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Florida Virtual, McKay scholarships, charters & more

Charter schools: The Pasco County school board will consider charter applications, including one aimed for low-income elementary students at risk for dropping out. Tampa Bay Times. Private schools: A Tampa Islamic school simulates the hajj to teach children about the rite. Tampa Bay Times. The McKay Scholarship helps more than 27,000 children with disabilities attend private[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: de Blasio’s war on school choice, ESAs and more

Bill de Blasio  New York City’s bizarre Democratic primary for mayor left Bill de Blasio as the party’s official candidate. His hardline stance against charter schools has school operators wondering if he’s declared war on school choice. De Blasio wants to stop charter schools from sharing locations with public schools[Read More…]

Faith, school choice & moral foundations

If one wishes a profound historical-dialectical account of the fate of religion in our governmental schools – all in 200 pages – make Craig S. Engelhardt’s new book, “Education Reform: Confronting the Secular Ideal,” your primer. Engelhardt’s guiding principle is constant and plain: If society wants schools that nourish moral[Read More…]

Catholic schools grapple with Common Core concerns

A year ago, Catholic schools in Florida were headed toward adopting a version of Common Core State Standards that would let them keep their autonomy and cultural identity. Many liked what they saw as increased rigor. And many hoped to gain access to state assessments that could make it easier[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Dual enrollment, single gender, FLVS & more

School grades: It’s time to debunk the myth that Utah’s school grading system is similar to the one adopted by Florida, writes The Salt Lake Tribune. BOE meets: The state Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss plans to turn around troubled schools, approve next year’s legislative budget request and find Florida’s next education[Read More…]