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Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

Editor’s note: You can watch a livestream of the celebration here. Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was[Read More…]

South Carolina education choice bill reaches major milestone toward becoming law

After two decades of defeat, South Carolina education choice advocates claimed victory late Tuesday after the state House of Representatives passed its version of a bill that would give choice to low-income students, students with special needs, and military families. “This vote marks a major milestone on a 20-year journey[Read More…]

Word for Word: Newly confirmed Florida education commissioner pledges to keep his ‘foot on the pedal’ for education choice

Editor’s note: The Florida state board of education unanimously confirmed State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., an education choice champion, as the state’s next Commissioner of Education on Friday. Diaz, R-Hialeah Gardens, has served in the Florida Legislature since he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He won[Read More…]

Tennessee Legislature votes to expand education choice to students with dyslexia

About 36,000 more students in the Volunteer State could soon get access to education choice scholarships that will allow parents to customize their learning. The Tennessee General Assembly voted Monday to expand the state’s Individualized Education Account program to include students with dyslexia with the House of Representatives voting 69-21[Read More…]

State colleges look to expand high school programs to boost sagging enrollment

Like their counterparts nationally, many of Florida’s locally governed public colleges experienced enrollment declines before the pandemic that only grew steeper after its onset. Also like their counterparts, these post-secondary schools, which, like state universities, are coordinated under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education, have been exploring and[Read More…]

Florida governor recommends state Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. as next education commissioner

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has recommended education choice champion Manny Diaz Jr. to succeed Richard Corcoran as the state’s next education commissioner. In making the announcement, DeSantis praised Diaz for his commitment to education issues ranging from teacher pay to parental rights and choice. “Manny Diaz has done a great[Read More…]

Florida private school to launch video gaming academy and esports team

Competitive video gaming has exploded in high schools over the past several years following its official recognition as a sport in 2018 by the National Federation of State High School Associations. High school esports teams are nearly as common as tennis teams, with colleges offering scholarships to students who formerly[Read More…]

Legislature’s veto override means charter schools could soon open in Kentucky

An override of Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto Wednesday night could clear the way for charter schools to open in Kentucky, five years after they were made legal in the Bluegrass State. The House voted 52-46 to send House Bill 9, sponsored by House Majority Whip Chad McCoy. The Senate later[Read More…]