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podcastED: Formerly homeless family finds a lifeline in education choice scholarships

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Juliette Harrell, an Orlando, Florida, mother of three children, two of whom attend private school thanks to the Family Empowerment Scholarship Economic Options program. Lacking education in financial literacy, Harrell and her husband, Allen, experienced homelessness as teenage parents. Their[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Pennsylvania State Sen. Scott Martin

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee about education choice in the Keystone State and the outcome of the 2021 legislative session. Despite a divided government, Pennsylvania created new charter school authorizers and increased its Educational Improvement Tax Credit program funding by $40[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews New Hampshire State Rep. Glenn Cordelli

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the vice chair of the Granite State’s House Education Committee about the Education Freedom Account Program, which was approved during the last legislative session. The program allows students in low- and middle-income households to receive education savings accounts that can be used for private[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews West Virginia Sen. Patricia Rucker

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of the state Senate Education Committee about the Mountain State’s recent landmark session for education reform. West Virginia lawmakers expanded open enrollment for district students, created alternative pathways for teacher certification, strengthened existing charter school laws, and created the Hope Scholarship Program,[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with homeschool mom Melissa Demain

On this episode, redefined senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Palm Coast, Florida, parent Melissa Demain, whose daughter, Abby, receives the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. Demain discusses how her daughter’s medical condition, diagnosed when she was 3, necessitated a transfer from the private school she had[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews charter school principals denied renewal by local school board

On this episode, Tuthill talks to Amy Sams, principal of Southshore Academy in Riverview, and Cuwana Lawson, principal of Woodmont Charter School in Temple Terrace, about the Hillsborough County School Board’s rejection of their renewal applications and the board’s subsequent reversal of the decision on the heels of pressure from[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Nevada State Sen. Heidi Gansert

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the senator from Nevada’s 15th District about the education choice landscape in the Silver State. Efforts to fund an education savings account program in Nevada, which were derailed by a legal challenge after the program was created in 2015, were unsuccessful in 2017 after[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Kansas state Rep. Kristey Williams on expanding education choice

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of the Kansas House K-12 Education Budget Committee about the education choice landscape in her state. After attempting to create the Sunflower State’s first education savings account during the last legislative session, Kansas lawmakers settled for an expansion of the existing tax credit[Read More…]