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Florida charter school enrollment increases by 20,000 students

Charter school enrollment in the Sunshine State increased by 20,013 students in the 2021-22 school year according to data released by the Florida Department of Education. More than 360,000 students enrolled in one of 703 charter schools, a growth of 5.8% over the prior year. Unlike private schools, which suffered the first[Read More…]

Top-notch Florida education entrepreneurs make first cut for $1 million national award

Five Florida education providers are among 64 quarterfinalists from 33 states and the District of Columbia who are in the running for a prestigious $1million award for educational excellence. SailFuture in St. Petersburg, RCMA Immokalee Community Academy, Hope Ranch Learning Academy in Hudson, Colossal Academy in Davie, and Kind Academy[Read More…]

West Virginia advocacy group creates website to show impact of contested scholarship program

Almost immediately after a judge’s ruling shut down the state’s first education savings account program, emails flooded the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy from families pouring their hearts out. The father of an academically gifted son with attention deficit hyperactivity wrote that he was anticipating the financial flexibility afforded[Read More…]

Florida corporations funded more than $500 million in scholarships in 2021-22

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship served 85,612 low- and middle-income students last year, according to a new report from the Florida Department of Education. The program funded $568.8 million in scholarships, worth an average of around $7,300, during the 2021-22 school year. Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog,[Read More…]

Vermont to school districts: No more religious discrimination in town tuitioning school choice programs

    Vermont residents who live in towns too small to operate district high schools may now use public funds to send their children to faith-based private schools. The Education Agency of Vermont recently told school administrators that they must comply with a 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck[Read More…]

Buckeye Institute points to Florida families’ long-term satisfaction with education savings accounts in new report

A new policy report from an Ohio-based independent research and educational institute offers commonsense solutions for improving K-12 academic outcomes in the state, all of which center on the availability of additional education choice options. The Buckeye Institute posits in #StudentsFirst: Empowering Parents to Help Students Regain Lost Learning that[Read More…]