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Separating fact from fiction: Analyzing the real cost of education choice, Part 1

Editor’s note: This analysis from Patrick Gibbons, manager for Policy and Public Affairs at Step Up For Students, is the first in a two-part series. Education choice opponents have made big headlines across the nation by claiming choice programs will cost billions of dollars and strip public schools of the[Read More…]

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

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday on foxnews.com. 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…]

Which states will be ‘un-investable’ for young families?

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary joined CNN recently to discuss “the one thing that no one saw coming – the competition between states.” He described a number of states as “un-investible,” and under questioning, opined that regulation in addition to taxes contribute to making states un-investable. “When you have punitive policy,[Read More…]

podcastED: Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill talks with New Hampshire education choice pioneer Kate Baker Demers

On this episode, Tuthill interviews Demers, who started the Children’s Scholarship Fund in New Hampshire, and has worked tirelessly as its executive director for the establishment of a tax credit scholarship fund in 2012 and Education Freedom Accounts, which lawmakers approved in 2021. Both are open to families whose incomes[Read More…]

Florida House passes universal school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared earlier today on politicopro.com. 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 newsserviceflorida.com. 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 floridapolitics.com. 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…]