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‘Transformational’ education choice bill wins approval in first legislative hearing

A bill that would extend eligibility for flexible spending accounts to all K-12 students cleared its first hurdle today on the way to becoming the largest expansion of education choice in Florida’s history. Members of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee voted 13-4 to move HB 1 forward to its[Read More…]

Education choice expansion bill endorsed by statewide business group Florida Council of 100

A statewide group of top business leaders has endorsed landmark legislation that would extend education choice to all K-12 students in Florida. The Florida Council of 100 issued the following statement on Wednesday in support of HB 1, which is scheduled for a hearing Thursday before the House Choice and[Read More…]

Florida’s changing landscape: 1.6 million students in Sunshine State choose education choice

Editor’s note: National School Choice Week 2023 kicked off Monday and continues through Saturday. The event celebrates K-12 options available to families while generating public awareness of the importance of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to find the best educational fit. More than 1.6 million K-12 students in Florida[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida House speaker explains how HB 1 will create opportunities to customize learning

Editor’s note: Last week, Florida House leaders announced the filing of HB 1, a landmark bill that would expand education choice and customization to all students in the state through the availability of education savings accounts. If passed, the bill would also allocate enough funding to aid all students currently waiting[Read More…]

Florida proposes ‘transformational’ legislation that would extend education savings accounts to all K-12 students

A bill that Florida leaders are calling “transformational” would greatly expand the state’s 21-year-old education choice scholarship program by opening eligibility to all K-12 students in the Sunshine State and empowering parents to customize their children’s learning. “Florida is about expanding freedom and opportunity,” said House Speaker Paul Renner, R[Read More…]

Legislative leaders pledge support for customized education choice at breakfast for Jewish education advocates

With less than two months before the start of the 2023 Florida legislative session, more than 750 Jewish leaders, parents and other supporters of education choice gathered at a breakfast in Davie, Florida, to encourage lawmakers to custom it for more families. “Our theme of this year’s theme this year[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hails education choice in inaugural speech

Editor’s note: Progress and freedom, including in education, were the central themes of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ second inaugural speech delivered on the steps of the state’s historic Capitol on Tuesday. DeSantis highlighted the progress that Florida has made to improve the lives of its residents, including guaranteeing access to high-quality[Read More…]

Schools in Arizona, Florida are top winners in national entrepreneurship competition

Arizona’s only public school for students with autism took home the $1 million Yass Prize for innovation, while a Florida private school that seeks to help at-risk youth was among eight finalists that received $500,000 each on Wednesday. The grand prize recognizes Arizona Autism Charter School’s efforts to expand its[Read More…]