Tampa Bay school district to launch second combination magnet school, YMCA in Florida

Nearly a quarter century ago, Florida’s Lake Nona community near Orlando made history by being the first in the nation to combine its YMCA with a public elementary school. Today, the Pinellas County School District in the Tampa Bay area is poised to become home to the second such project[Read More…]

Public-private partnership to provide college scholarships to South Florida area students

Heather Siskind admits to being a frequent crier. “I cried at graduation,” the chief executive officer of the Jack & Jill Center said recently, recalling how one look at the fifth graders who were heading to middle school next year moved her to tears as she spoke during the ceremony.[Read More…]

Tampa district adds Montessori magnet to expand public school choice

Montessori schools, associated for decades with private schools and well-to-do suburban dwellers, are becoming more accessible to lower-income children as more public schools expand education choice and create magnet programs using this model of student-directed learning. Though state education choice scholarships have opened up seats at private Montessori schools in[Read More…]

New Florida education commissioner signals strong support for school choice on Day 1

Editor’s note: This guest commentary, an exclusive to reimaginED, comes from James Herzog, director of legislative services at the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools. On June 1, the first day of his tenure as Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Manny Diaz Jr. convened via video more than 20 education policy[Read More…]

Education bill helps more students access choice, dual enrollment, high-quality books

Students who were unable to receive funding this year from the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities will get some relief this year. On the day he signed the state’s $109.9 billion budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis approved Senate Bill 2524, which raises the cap from 20,000 to 26,500 during the[Read More…]

School choice champion and Florida charter school co-founder announces 2024 run for Pasco County School District superintendent

After several years of serious consideration, John Legg, a former state senator and longtime educator who co-founded one of the first charter schools in the Tampa Bay area, has decided to run for superintendent of the Pasco County School District. “I believe the skillsets I bring are what Pasco County[Read More…]

Jacksonville Catholic school one of many schools hoping summer programs will address pandemic learning loss

As many students continue to struggle academically more than two years since COVID-19 hit, one Florida Catholic school has a focused plan to close the gap. Guardian Catholic School in Jacksonville, Florida, will offer learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through third grade during its summer program to help those[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis re-emphasizes his commitment to education choice

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the keynote address Friday at the Florida Parent Educators Association’s annual convention. DeSantis, who on Thursday signed two bills that make it easier for charter schools to open and operate and who last year signed the law enacting the nation’s largest expansion of education choice,[Read More…]