Florida Tax Credit Scholarship

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…]

American Federation for Children future leader Nanya Morris-El on the importance of role models in beating the odds

Editor’s note: This profile is the third 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. Ask Nanya Morris-El the secret of his success and he’ll respond without hesitation: powerful role models and[Read More…]

Shakespeare, small engine repair and a ‘melting pot that works’

Editor’s note: Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog, administers five state education choice programs, including three used by students who attend The Pioneer School. ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – As the sun rises and smoke wisps from a diffuser, 16 students sit cross-legged in a century-old house with a[Read More…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program records 94.9% graduation rate for 2019-20

Nearly 95% of seniors participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program graduated from high school during the 2019-20 school year, the second highest graduation rate since the nonprofit that administers the state scholarships began tracking graduation rates in 2015. Catholic schools had the highest graduation rate at 99.1%, while[Read More…]

American Federation For Children future leader Nathan Cunneen on second chances, counting blessings

Editor’s note: This profile is the first 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. In hindsight, Nathan Cunneen recognizes the decision he made to leave his small private school for the[Read More…]

Academy Prep posts strong finish to school year despite pandemic’s challenges

Academy Prep Center started the 2020-21 academic year with a unique perspective. Understanding that education is hardly a one-size-fits-all proposition, even in the best of times, school officials allowed the trio of private schools to tailor their reopening plans to parents’ needs, with a different look and feel at each[Read More…]

Students remain on Florida’s education choice scholarship longer, but the myth remains

As the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program has grown, so has the value of the scholarships, the number of participating schools, parental satisfaction, and the number of years students remain in the program. Tall tales told by the program’s critics have grown, too. Among other errors, those critics continue to[Read More…]

Florida Jewish schools booming thanks to sunshine and school choice scholarships

As school leaders nationwide began the 2020-21 academic year still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that abruptly shuttered their campuses last spring, enrollment declined in many district schools, especially those in states where brick-and-mortar schools remained closed. Though Florida opened all district schools to full-time, in-person instruction, they too saw[Read More…]