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Almost 5,000 struggling Florida readers reaped benefits of Reading Scholarship program in 2020-21

Nearly $2.5 million in Reading Scholarships were awarded to 4,961 Florida students during the 2020-21 school year according to a report prepared by the state-approved scholarship funding organization that helps administer the scholarship. Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog, disclosed that families spent about 82%, or $1.5 million,[Read More…]

Florida governor signs bill offering state K-12 scholarships to Florida law enforcement officers’ dependents

With uniformed sheriff’s deputies looking on, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed HB 3, a bill aimed at recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers with a variety of perks, including state K-12 scholarships for their dependents. “There’ a lot of great stuff in here, and I’m just proud that[Read More…]

Florida’s struggling readers flock to free book program

Editor’s note: Families can check eligibility requirements for the New Worlds Reading Initiative and enroll their children at newworldsreading.com. To read more about what Florida legislator Chris Spowls has to say about the program, click here. A $200 million effort approved in 2021 by the Florida Legislature already has shipped[Read More…]

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…]