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Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Florida school choice legislation

The Florida Legislature and parents of special needs students won a legal victory over the statewide teachers union on Tuesday, as a Leon County judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging school choice legislation passed earlier this year. Lawyers for the Florida Education Association argued lawmakers violated the state constitution when they passed SB[Read More…]

FL’s new special needs scholarship accounts can support college ambitions

Florida’s experiment with personalized accounts that help parents meet the educational needs of their special needs children is only beginning. In coming years, it could support a key priority for the incoming president of the state senate: Helping more of those children gain access to a college education. Senate President Andy Gardiner told[Read More…]

FL families begin using new parental choice scholarship accounts

One of the nation’s newest parental choice programs is shifting into higher gear. Families of hundreds of Florida students with significant special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, have been given the green light to begin using Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts for the 2014-15 school year. So far,[Read More…]

Florida education reformer joins Step Up For Students board

A prominent figure in Florida’s education reform movement has been tapped to help oversee the largest private school choice program in the country. Patricia Levesque last month was elected unanimously to the governing board of Step Up For Students, the non-profit that administers tax credit scholarships and Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts[Read More…]

Teachers union rekindles legal challenge of Florida school choice law

A lawsuit challenging Florida school choice legislation will continue, as Florida’s statewide teachers union has reworked its legal arguments and added public-school parents as plaintiffs. The union filed an amended legal complaint Tuesday in Leon County Court, revamping its challenge of the law creating new Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts for disabled students and expanding[Read More…]

Florida Board of Education makes way for new special needs scholarships

The Florida Board of Education paved the way Monday for hundreds of families to start receiving money through the state’s newest educational choice program, which is aimed at students with significant special needs. Board members also said the state should try to make sure funding for the program keeps up[Read More…]