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Florida Board of Education approves rules for military friendly schools to become ‘Purple Star campuses’

Florida schools seeking to be military friendly now will be able to earn the right to claim that designation under rules the Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved Wednesday. The rules will govern the implementation of HB 429, which the state legislature passed with bipartisan support, and Gov. Ron[Read More…]

Poll shows families support DC Opportunity Scholarship Program

Sixty-six percent of voters support reauthorization of one of the founding programs of the school choice movement according to a new poll released by a Maryland-based custom research firm. Beck Research reports that when respondents were asked Feb. 23-27 via wireless or landline phones or text-to-web, “Based on what you[Read More…]

Graduation rate among scholarship students declines slightly during COVID-19

The global pandemic may have caused a decline in graduation rates among Florida’s scholarship students, according to a recently released report from Step Up For Students. Graduation rates for seniors on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship fell 3.2 points during the first pandemic school year. In school year 2020-21, 4,344[Read More…]

Former Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent brings education choice vision to nation’s second-largest school district

In a letter to members of the Los Angeles Unified School District community – families, students, educators and staff – newly seated superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who took the helm of the country’s second largest school district Feb. 15, pledged to accelerate opportunities for students to excel, thrive, and reach their[Read More…]

Michigan advocates seek constitutional remedy for governor’s veto on education choice bills

Two vetoed bills that would empower education-minded families for the first time in Michigan’s history are getting another chance to become law, thanks to a provision in the state constitution. Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature approved the bills last year that would have established an education savings account program to offer choice[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers pass largest budget in state history

The 2022 Florida legislative session drew to a close Monday with lawmakers passing a record $112.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Many education-related items were included in bills tied to the budget, including changes related to state school choice scholarship programs: Removal of the[Read More…]

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Bill establishing statewide charter school approval board, institute for innovation heads to Florida governor

As part of an ongoing push to bolster education choice, the Florida House and Senate gave final approval to a bill that would establish a statewide approval board for charter school applications and an institute for charter school innovation. SB 758, which received final approval from the Senate last week,[Read More…]

Commissioner Richard Corcoran announces his planned departure from the Florida Department of Education

Editor’s note: The following announcement was released earlier today by the Florida Department of Education’s Communications Office.  Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of April. He has served as the Commissioner of Education for more than 3 years[Read More…]