Private School Scholarships

Alabama Catholic school will remain open after supporters rally to raise $450,000

An Alabama parochial school that played an important role in the nation’s civil rights movement and recently was threatened with closure now will stay open. Heart of Mary Catholic School, which has operated for 121 years in Mobile and serves primarily Black students, will continue to operate with an independent[Read More…]

Iowa Senate passes private school scholarship bill, putting pressure on House

Editor’s note: This article appeared March 30 on desmoinesregister.com The Iowa Senate has passed one of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ key education priorities — a bill to give families taxpayer-funded scholarships to pay for private school expenses — in a move that puts pressure on the House to act. Reynolds, a Republican, has made[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Grateful for nurturing school for children with special needs and tax credit scholarship program

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Georgia mother Karen Robins was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My name is Karen Robins, and my son Ryan struggles with dyscalculia, or math dyslexia. It affects his ability to understand numbers – in dates, when telling time, when[Read More…]

When it comes to school choice, ‘haters gonna hate’

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at the James Madison Institute and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared Monday on Florida Politics. A recent study of the rhetorical intensity of school choice debates by Harvard-educated researcher Jason Bedrick confirms Taylor Swift’s lyrical[Read More…]

podcastED: Software engineer shares how Alabama school choice scholarship helped him achieve success in education and life

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Nick West, a Mobile, Alabama, resident who works for Siemens Digital Industries and is pursuing a doctorate at Purdue University. West, who attended private elementary and secondary schools, talks about how the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship program made it possible for[Read More…]

Opinion: Why not celebrate school choice in Leon County?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Michael Barrett, Associate for Education for the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared originally in the Tallahassee Democrat. Throughout most of the country, families of limited financial means have no choice other than to enroll their children in public school.[Read More…]

Key West’s only Catholic school plans expansion to accommodate enrollment growth

Jim Rigg likes to call the latest Catholic school enrollment trends “the Great Registration.” Modifying the catchphrase “the Great Resignation” about the large numbers of workers leaving their employers, Rigg, who serves as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Miami, was describing the increases in the number of students[Read More…]

Graduation rate among scholarship students declines slightly during COVID-19

The global pandemic may have caused a decline in graduation rates among Florida’s scholarship students, according to a recently released report from Step Up For Students. Graduation rates for seniors on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship fell 3.2 points during the first pandemic school year. In school year 2020-21, 4,344[Read More…]