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Florida superintendent surfs tsunami, generates positive publicity for school choice

Media coverage in Florida is often negative when it comes to how school choice and education choice have become mainstream – and how advantageous that transformation has been for millions of families. How refreshing, then, to see the take from the state’s leading business publication. For its latest cover story,[Read More…]

Magnet school admissions policies antithetical to school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary is an exclusive to redefinED from Sean-Michael Pigeon, who recently graduated with a B.A. in political science from Yale University. He works as a journalism mentor at a magnet school in New Haven, Conn. His writing has appeared in USA Today, the Washington Examiner and the[Read More…]

Office of the President releases new data on education choice

Percentage distribution of students age 5 through 17 attending kindergarten through 12th grade by school type, 1999 and 2016 The percentage of students accessing schools of choice has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, with growth coming from the expansion of both public and private school choice options, according[Read More…]

Black students need empowerment and support, not white paternalism

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board decision and the 1968 conflict between the white New York City teachers union and the Black Ocean Hill-Brownsville community were historic events. Together they helped make well-intentioned white paternalism the primary way public education has related to Black students and their families[Read More…]

Choice-rich Miami-Dade stars in U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools list

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where nearly three-quarters of students are enrolled in choice programs, led Florida once again on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the nation’s best public high schools released earlier this week. School for Advanced Studies, the top public high school in Florida, was the[Read More…]

Commentary: Stop politicizing a personal school choice

Editor’s note: National School Choice Week, held every January, shines a spotlight on effective education options for children including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling. NSCW president Andrew Campanella, whose latest book, “The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the[Read More…]

Charter schools continue to rule Florida’s education choice landscape

As the 10th annual National School Choice Week celebration kicks off, Step Up For Students unveils its 11th annual “Changing Landscapes” infographic, a document that explores student enrollment in public and private school choice options statewide for the 2018-19 school year. Some key findings: ·       48.2 percent of preK-12 students[Read More…]

District interests keep magnets stuck in the cupboard under the staircase

Well-organized special interests vigorously oppose allowing publicly-funded education to occur outside the control of local school districts. If families have a desire for more options, the refrain often goes, districts can satisfy that demand with magnet schools. Magnet schools, utilized to lower racial segregation and typically featuring a specialized curriculum[Read More…]