Gardiner 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…]

Scholarship eligibility expanding as applications rise

More than 204,000 students already have applied for Florida private school scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year, up 34% from the same time last year. That amount may surge as new, expanded eligibility requirements take effect today. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 7045 into law May 11; the change became[Read More…]

Small-town parents leading on education choice

Surrounded by orange groves, Wauchula, Fla., the Cucumber Capital of the World, would seem an odd perch to check out the future of public education. But that’s exactly what little Florida towns like this one are offering. Wauchula, population 5,001, is home to homeschool mom Sandra Shoffner and her 6-year-old[Read More…]

Study details change in Gardiner families’ spending patterns

The longer students remain on Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship program, the more likely their parents are to spend money on curriculum, tutoring and specialized services, a new working paper finds. The study, “Distribution of Education Savings Accounts Usage Among Families,” by Michelle Lofton of the University of Georgia and Martin Lueken[Read More…]

New report shows majority of Gardiner funding was spent on tuition in 2019-20

Families with children on Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship for students with special needs spent $117 million on private school tuition, books, curriculum, technology tutoring and more during the 2019-20 school year, according to a new report compiled by Step Up For Students. While more than half (close to 57%) of scholarship[Read More…]

New report sheds light on perspective of Florida families participating in Gardiner, McKay scholarship programs

Editor’s note: Materials related to the study are posted to a landing page accessible at https://ceresinstitute.org/choices-and-challenges/. Nearly all Florida parents participating in two state scholarship programs for children with special needs are somewhat or very satisfied with their child’s educational experience according to a new study released today from researchers[Read More…]

Florida Legislature is normalizing, expanding access to education choice

The Florida House and Senate have sent Gov. Ron DeSantis legislation that will continue normalizing and expanding access to choice in public education. Florida began expanding access to education choice in the late 1970s/early ’80s through the creation of district magnet schools. Next came charter schools and the Florida Virtual[Read More…]

Education savings account helped make this child’s room a ‘destination’

Roman Scott’s bedroom has two walls painted orange and two painted blue. On the floor is a rug with the design of a two-lane road wending its way through a small town. A train set sits on the rug, because Roman, 4, loves trains. And there is a stack of[Read More…]