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…]

Florida charter school bills appear headed for approval

A bill that would make it easier for Florida charter schools to be approved has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature and has been sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. HB 225 won approval Friday when the Senate tabled its companion bill, SB 892, and adopted the[Read More…]

New national poll shows support for education choice continues to grow

Support for school choice has increased since April 2020 by 8 percentage points, from 64% to 72%,  according to a new poll from RealClear Opinion Research. The largest increase in support for school choice came from Democrats (up 9 percentage points) followed by Republicans (7 percentage points) and registered Independents[Read More…]

Florida leads America’s Catholic school rebound

One state stands out behind this year’s encouraging Catholic school rebound, and it’s the same one that’s been defying Catholic school trend lines for a decade. Catholic school enrollment in Florida rose 6.3 percent in 2021-22, the biggest jump of any of the 10 states with the biggest Catholic enrollments[Read More…]