Parent Empowerment

podcastED: Florida mom expresses gratitude for scholarship that benefits her daughter, contributes to her own success as tutor, advocate

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Danyse Streets, a reading specialist who owns and operates Bridging the Reading Gap, a tutoring and special education advocacy company in Fleming Island, Florida, just south of Jacksonville. Her 12-year-old daughter, Kate, receives a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students[Read More…]

Education freedom and student achievement: A happy marriage

This commentary from Patrick J. Wolf, Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.; Jay P. Greene, a senior research fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education[Read More…]

School choice changed our lives

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jayleesha Cooper and Brandon Villanueva Sanchez, members of the American Federation for Children’s 2023 Future Leaders Fellowship cohort, describes the life-changing possibilities of education choice and advocates for Nebraska’s Opportunity Scholarships Act. Our stories are unique, but we have many things in common. We were[Read More…]

Arkansas becomes fifth state with broad K-12 choice

The Arkansas House of Representatives passed SB 294, the Arkansas Learns Act, which has previously passed the Arkansas Senate. The bill will require Senate concurrence and then will be off to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The bill will substantially increase public school teacher pay and create the Education Freedom Account[Read More…]

Entrepreneurs say ‘perfect storm’ of luck, pluck needed to clear school location hurdle

Rabbi Isaac Melnick likes to call it “the holy grail.” Though the Orthodox Jewish leader and founder of Shorashim Academy doesn’t intend it as a religious reference, it serves an apt metaphor for what education entrepreneurs cite as their most difficult challenge: finding and securing a home to carry out[Read More…]

Private school voucher and charter-friendly bills sail through Tennessee Senate

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on The Tennessee Senate on Monday approved two Republican-sponsored bills that would expand and clarify eligibility for students to receive private school vouchers or enroll in charter schools. Both measures passed 27-5 along partisan lines and now await action in House committees. Sen.[Read More…]

School choice would benefit rural students in Wyoming

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jason Bedrick, a research fellow at the Center for Education Policy, and Matt Ladner, director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity at the Arizona Charter School Association and reimaginED executive editor, appeared Monday on The Heritage Foundation’s website. All children in Wyoming should have[Read More…]

Teacher pay, school choice, literacy: Top priorities for 39 governors in 2023

This analysis appeared Wednesday on the The COVID pandemic — the topic that has dominated education conversations for the past three years — is largely missing from the State of the State addresses that governors are delivering to their legislatures this winter. Instead, state leaders are using their bully[Read More…]