Florida Tax Credit Scholarship

State officials expand school choice scholarship eligibility to families in military reserves

More military families will be able to qualify for state K-12 education choice scholarships due to a rule change approved today by the Florida Board of Education. The rule was made in response to the passage of HB 7045, which expanded scholarship eligibility to dependents of active duty military families.[Read More…]

Florida superintendent surfs tsunami, generates positive publicity for school choice

Media coverage in Florida is often negative when it comes to how school choice and education choice have become mainstream – and how advantageous that transformation has been for millions of families. How refreshing, then, to see the take from the state’s leading business publication. For its latest cover story,[Read More…]

More evidence that growth of Florida Tax Credit Scholarship has benefited public school students

A recently updated report of a 2020 study that concluded public school student performance improved along with the growth of state scholarship programs for lower-income students in private schools has reaffirmed those results, going beyond the original findings. Additional research from David Figlio, Cassandra M.D. Hart and Kryzstof Karbownik answers[Read More…]

Teachers’ union president endorses school choice?

Editor’s note: Nathan Cunneen, author of this commentary, is a communications associate at the American Federation for Children. You can read a redefinED profile of Cunneen here. On Saturday night, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten published a tweet that sounded suspiciously like an endorsement of school choice. While Twitter[Read More…]

New LIBRE Initiative leader sees education freedom as ‘ultimate endgame’

As a kid whose family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1992, Daniel Martinez knows what it’s like to suddenly have choices after years of living without them. He also knows it takes hard work to build the American dream from scratch. “My mom taught herself cosmetology, and[Read More…]

The 20-year-old scholarship success that might not have been

Twenty years ago, on June 13, 2001, Gov. Jeb Bush signed HB 21, a taxation relief bill that carried within it Florida’s third private school scholarship program. The program, then called the Florida Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship, would enroll its first students in the spring of 2002 and would[Read More…]

American Federation For Children future leader Hunter Hickson on consistent action, service to others

Editor’s note: This profile is the fourth in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Despite growing up as one of four children in a single-parent household, Hunter Hickson had no idea[Read More…]

Innovative program charts smooth course for at-risk youth

You easily could overlook the once-abandoned, two-story building tucked away on an industrial stretch off 22nd Avenue N in St. Petersburg. Beyond the chain-link face running alongside it, motorists whoosh past on I-275, oblivious to the renovated historic, red-brick structure. Dating back nearly 100 years, it’s soon to be the[Read More…]