News Features

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For neurodiverse children, microschools can be an ideal learning environment

Editor’s note: This article from Kerry McDonald, an education policy fellow at State Policy Network and senior education fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, appeared last week on A common criticism regarding microschools, learning pods, unschooling approaches and other non-traditional educational models is that they don’t work well[Read More…]

Education choice groups across the country look to students to ramp up advocacy efforts

Isabella Paez has always embraced advocacy. The whip-smart Florida 15-year-old is proud of her Cuban-American heritage and is active in school clubs that promote business ethics and social justice. A lover of literature, her favorite book is “The Hate U Give,” the 2017 New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas[Read More…]

South Florida ‘edu-preneur’ on a mission to open 100 schools in 10 years

Editor’s note: Kind Academy in Coral Springs, Florida, is one of 32 innovative programs chosen as semifinalists for the Yass Prize for educational excellence. Seven finalists and a $1 million grand prize winner will be announced in December. You can find a list of winners here. Iman Alleyne decided to[Read More…]

Education choice scholarship provides job skills, confidence to Florida teen

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Not every student at North Florida School of Special Education rides Chief within minutes of meeting the big horse, but that’s what James Guha did one day during the summer of 2021. Oh, it took some encouraging and a little cajoling from Andrew Sack, the barn manager. Chief is big[Read More…]

New Jersey entrepreneur breathes new life into traditional education models

The simple answer to what makes Jill Perez tick most likely is the wrong one. Just because she never was a fan of masking youngsters, it’s easy — possibly even appealing — to tag her as a denier, a crank, anti-science, or a threat to Granny. Just stop. Summon up[Read More…]

Innovative Tennessee teacher prep program aims to prepare a new breed of educators

In her 20s, Heather Fracker set her sights on becoming a respiratory therapist. But as John Lennon observed, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Fast forward two decades, and Fracker, a 43-year-old single mom to two middle schoolers, is pursuing a new dream. In two years,[Read More…]

King family offers a dozen reasons why ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to education

LAKE MARY, Florida – The King family is together on a Saturday morning – and that means kids everywhere. Christy and Troy King have 16 children, including 11 who were adopted. The oldest is a college graduate who lives on her own. Three are off to college in Ohio. That leaves[Read More…]