Family Empowerment Scholarship

Education savings account allows student to gain independence one step at a time

Editor’s note: This student profile first appeared on Step Up For Students’ Marketing blog. Dylan Quessenberry was 15 when he walked up a flight of stairs for the first time. It was 20 steps, linking two floors at his school. But for Dylan, who has cerebral palsy, that staircase was[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom expresses gratitude for state scholarship expansion to students in military families

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Tina Riffe, whose daughter, Vivian, 15, attends Grace Christian School in the Tampa Bay area on a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options. Riffe’s father served in the U.S. Navy. Her husband, Danny, a first-class petty officer, joined the Navy[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom looks forward to additional benefits of education savings account

Editor’s note: Caleb Prewitt has participated in six triathlons and started a cooking show on YouTube. You can get Caleb’s favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies here. On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Karen Prewitt, whose son, Caleb, 15, is benefitting from a change in Florida[Read More…]

Florida governor signs bill offering state K-12 scholarships to Florida law enforcement officers’ dependents

With uniformed sheriff’s deputies looking on, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed HB 3, a bill aimed at recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers with a variety of perks, including state K-12 scholarships for their dependents. “There’ a lot of great stuff in here, and I’m just proud that[Read More…]

Opinion: Why not celebrate school choice in Leon County?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Michael Barrett, Associate for Education for the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared originally in the Tallahassee Democrat. Throughout most of the country, families of limited financial means have no choice other than to enroll their children in public school.[Read More…]

Dreams of owning a home, quality schools come true thanks to education choice scholarship

Editor’s note: You can listen to a podcast reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie recorded with Juliette Harrell at https://www.reimaginedonline.org/2021/09/podcasted-formerly-homeless-family-finds-a-lifeline-in-education-choice-scholarships/. Juliette Harrell was 17 when she told her mom she was pregnant. She was promptly kicked out of her house. A single mother herself, Juliette’s mom painted a bitter picture of[Read More…]

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podcastED: The impact of the 2022 Florida legislative session on public education

On this episode, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill and Legislative Affairs Manager Alexis Laroe discuss the changes coming to education choice programs in Florida following the 2022 legislative session in Tallahassee. The education budget passed by the legislature this year is the largest in the history of the[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers pass largest budget in state history

The 2022 Florida legislative session drew to a close Monday with lawmakers passing a record $112.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Many education-related items were included in bills tied to the budget, including changes related to state school choice scholarship programs: Removal of the[Read More…]