Florida Tax Credit Scholarship

Commentary: Giving Florida families an educational choice pays off in many ways

Editor’s note: This piece from Step Up For Students’ public affairs manager Patrick Gibbons appeared today on the Daytona News Journal. In a column last month, a local member of the League of Women Voters argues it is hypocritical to spend $1 billion on private schools without knowing how well[Read More…]

Federal stimulus will extend educational enrichment for scholarship families

Ayana Standifer is the kind of kid teachers often describe as bright.   At age 3, when her classmates were learning the alphabet, Ayana could read. When they were counting to 10, she was adding single-digit numbers. Now 6, she spends her evenings – after she’s finished her homework –[Read More…]

Florida’s other ‘U’

The chart at the top of this post shows Florida private school attendance by family income expressed as a percentage of the poverty rate. Poverty rates vary by household size, but for a four-person household at or below 185% of poverty, that approximately equals an average of below $49,000; the[Read More…]

Commentary: All scholarship families deserve spending flexibility

Editor’s note: This opinion piece from Sara Pierre of Sunrise appeared online Thursday at the South Florida Times. Twenty years ago, I came to this country from Haiti seeking a better life. Today, I’m a single mother to six special-needs children, all of whom also have sickle cell disease. There[Read More…]

Commentary: Flexibility in education will help families like mine

Editor’s note: This commentary from Patrice Whitfield of Jacksonville explains how her three younger children have benefited from state scholarship programs – and how her three older children could have benefited had the scholarship been available sooner. As a mother of six, I’ve seen my share of struggles, especially when[Read More…]

Opponents’ fibs falter in view of school choice facts

Editor’s note: This commentary, which compares Kentucky’s scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to Florida’s, appeared earlier today in the Paducah Sun and was circulated nationally by the American Federation for Children. Does offering parents the option of sending their children to public charter schools or providing them[Read More…]

How a great-grandmother and a school choice scholarship changed the lives of two young girls

Editor’s note: This story about how one family is participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program first appeared on Step Up For Students’ sister blog. On a Friday morning in March 2020, a judge granted Sharon Strickland temporary custody of her great-granddaughter, Savannah. The little girl, 8 at the[Read More…]