Hope Scholarship

podcastED: South Florida mom shares how Hope Scholarship offered haven to bullied daughter

‘ Editor’s note: Cherie Sanders asked that her daughter’s image and name be omitted from this story to protect the girl’s privacy. On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Cherie Sanders, mother of a thriving eighth grader at a faith-based school in the Fort Lauderdale area. Sanders’[Read More…]

Commentary: Florida’s Hope Scholarship helped me rescue my daughter from a school bully

Editor’s note: This essay from Fort Lauderdale parent Cherie Sanders appeared today on miamiherald.com. I received a call near the end of the school day that no parent should ever get: My daughter had been threatened by a male student. More than threatened — he said he was going to[Read More…]

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…]

What Senate Bill 48 does

Florida Senate bill 48, filed by Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., will be heard in the Senate Education Committee tomorrow. The bill is over 155 pages and at times difficult to understand. Below is a list of the bill’s key features. Some of these features may get modified as the bill[Read More…]

The light at the end of the tunnel was a Hope Scholarship

Editor’s note: To hear Tamara Arrington and her son, Parker, tell the story in their own words, watch the video at the end of this post. The other student was older and bigger. But Parker, a 35-pound “runt” of a first grader, as his mom described him, didn’t hesitate. When[Read More…]

Step Up For Students ranks 21st on Forbes’ list of top charities

Americans donated more than $450 billion to charities last year. Of that amount, $49.5 billion went to the top 100 charities, according to Forbes Magazine’s America’s Top Charities rankings. Step Up for Students, a scholarship granting nonprofit that administers five school choice scholarship programs in Florida, ranked as the 21st[Read More…]

Manhattan Institute releases report on Florida Hope Scholarship Program

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Max Eden recently authored a report on the legislative origins and history of the first education choice program for students who have experienced bullying in public schools. In the report, Eden wrote: “Education reformers have long lamented America’s persistent racial and socioeconomic achievement gap and framed[Read More…]