Private School Scholarships

Clearwater private school helps hearing-impaired students blossom at home

In the world of Montessori education, students learn by using all their senses – sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. So how did a Montessori school adapt when forced to close its brick-and-mortar campus and transition to online learning? More specifically, how did a Montessori school that primarily serves students[Read More…]

Wisconsin advocacy group sues on behalf of family seeking school choice scholarship

When Katrina Olguin applied for private school scholarships for her sons, she probably never imagined she would be disqualified for being over the income threshold – by less than $50. Unfortunately for Olguin, of West Allis, Wisconsin, her state’s Department of Public Instruction rules prohibit parents from reapplying in the[Read More…]

As pandemic drags on, private school worries grow

Christian Life Academy started six years ago with six students in a single room in a church, and it has been growing ever since. This year, the little school on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast reached 74 students in grades K-8, with 15 staffers, including seven full-time teachers. The ribbon cutting[Read More…]

A parent and educator shares her ‘new normal’ during COVID-19

Editor’s note: redefinED guest blogger Jennie Capezza is director of campus ministry at John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce, Fla., and mother to three John Carrol students. She writes here of her efforts to juggle caring for her students as well as for her children during the COVID-19 crisis.[Read More…]

Pinellas County private school managing academics, behavior in online setting

On the first day of virtual school, Raina Phenicie attended all her classes, including P.E. “It just blew my mind,” said her dad, Scott Phenicie. “Here’s a kid in my kitchen doing jumping jacks and pushups. She was sweating and breathing and drinking water.”  When music time came, she was[Read More…]

The proof is in the numbers: participation in education choice is soaring

While Covid-19 likely will be responsible for the single largest increase in virtual education in Florida’s history, enrollment growth over time in another program that offers education choice, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, is nevertheless impressive. From academic year 2015-16 to 2016-17, the program grew by 20,000 students. Meanwhile,[Read More…]

How school choice puts all hands on deck

Seventeen years ago, a group of business and community leaders in Tampa Bay decided to renovate rather than raze an old, abandoned public school. The spooky building with stately red brick once served generations of Cuban and Italian kids in Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood. The group wanted to restore[Read More…]

Fight over education choice pits family against family in Tennessee

Editor’s note: Some of the parties mentioned in this post, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, have expressed interest in suing to stop the Family Empowerment Scholarship, a program administered by Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog. The legal battle over Tennessee’s new education savings account (ESA)[Read More…]