The idea of accountability through school choice isn’t new. School choice liberals strongly backed the idea a half century ago.
Shortly after Montana created its first tax credit scholarship, Mike Kadas, head of the state’s Department of Revenue, unilaterally declared that scholarships could not be used at religious private schools. Kadas argued the state’s Blaine Amendment, a 19th century relic of Catholic discrimination, barred “direct or indirect” appropriations to religious[Read More…]
A court ruling this week could lift a cloud over key portions of House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s initiative to lure more nationally recognized charter school operators to Florida. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper upheld all the parts of last year’s House bill 7069 that 13 school districts had tried[Read More…]
Mark Heller’s hands were tied. The head of a private college preparatory school in north Tampa wanted to allow many of his students to dual-enroll in a course at a nearby college. But he knew the school could not absorb the costs. “We couldn’t approve it,” he said. “You start[Read More…]
A bill’s death in the waning days of Florida’s legislative session could slow the progress several public schools are making to help students learn at their own pace. The legislation would have allowed districts leading Florida’s foray into “mastery-based” learning to start replacing conventional A-F grades with a new grading[Read More…]
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law the most significant legislation to impact homeschool families in years. House bill 731 reins in school districts’ inquiries to parents who start home education programs. The legislation came in response to concerns among parents that districts were adding hurdles for homeschool registration. That likely contributed to a[Read More…]
The Florida House approved legislation this afternoon that would expand a state initiative to give students choice and help them learn at their own pace. The bill would open a personalized learning pilot program to every district in the state and give participating school districts more flexibility to decide how they award[Read More…]
The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation Thursday that would limit requirements school districts place on homeschoolers. Rep. Jennifer Sullivan’s bill, HB 731 , would also increase homeschoolers’ access to dual enrollment and career education courses. In an amendment filed this week, Florida would no longer require homeschool students to provide their own[Read More…]