Parent Empowerment

Controlling the narrative: Parental choice, Black empowerment and lessons from Florida

Editor’s note: This special report was compiled by Denisha Merriweather, director of public relations and content marketing at the American Federation for Children; Dava Hankerson, director of enterprise data and research at Step Up For Students; Nathaniel Cunneen, communications associate at the American Federation for Children; and Ron Matus, director of[Read More…]

podcastED: Interview with a scholarship parent who became eligible under Florida’s 2021 school choice expansion

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Megan Luten, a mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, whose 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, attends Catholic kindergarten thanks to the Family Empowerment Scholarship Education Options scholarship. Luten, a speech therapist, discusses the search she and her husband, Jameson, a registered nurse,[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Thankful that Florida’s school choice programs offer hope to special needs students

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Stephanie Rodriguez was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have three children. My younger two, Giana and Javier, have autism. I am thankful for the scholarship my children received to attend STARS Autism School. Before STARS, Giana was in a[Read More…]

Jewish school choice advocacy group Teach Florida thanks lawmakers for support at annual breakfast

More than 600 people joined Teach Florida’s board and staff for the organization’s annual legislative breakfast this week at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Attendees included state legislators, elected local officials and members of the Jewish day school communities of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The focus of[Read More…]

Harvard webinar series offers perspective on school choice in post-pandemic era

Is political support for school choice gaining or losing ground? That topic was the latest in a series of virtual webinars sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government. The weekly series, “School Choice in the Post-Pandemic Era,” began Oct. 8 and runs through Dec.[Read More…]

Glenn Youngkin’s mandate to expand equal opportunity

Editor’s note: This commentary from Dan Lips, visiting fellow in education at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared last week on the foundation’s blog, FREOPP.org. Be sure to watch for his mention of reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner’s commentary based on research from[Read More…]

podcastED: Progressive education choice icon Jack Coons and Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill on opening democracy for the poor through education choice

Editor’s note: To read a comprehensive overview of Coons’ efforts to change the face of education choice, researched and reported by Step Up For Students’ director of policy and public affairs Ron Matus, click here. On this special episode, recorded to coincide with the publication of renowned Berkeley law professor[Read More…]

Florida Reading Scholarship program helps twins stay on pace and excel in middle school

Since they were babies, Darnell Taylor’s identical twin daughters, Janae, and Sasha, have loved books. First, picture books, then chapter books. Now, the 12-year-olds are finding novels on BookTok, the bookish community on TikTok, where people post videos recommending books, make pithy observations about reading, and share their love of[Read More…]