Gov.-elect Rick Scott got some national attention last week while speaking at an event celebrating the companies that so far this year have contributed $126 million to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for low-income students. Scott, former CEO of the Columbia/HCA healthcare organization, ran a campaign pledging to bring jobs to[Read More…]
As the Florida coordinator of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), I am frequently asked by Democrats in other states why so many elected Florida Democrats support all forms of school choice, including vouchers and tax credit scholarships, but not tenure and teacher pay reforms. The answer is black middle-class jobs[Read More…]
Florida is one of seven states with no personal income tax, which explains why its Tax Credit Scholarship for low-income students depends on corporations for contributions. A rally in St. Petersburg today also explains why the approach strengthens education options in this state. The rally is an annual celebration of[Read More…]
Fordham reasoned that the more a private school begins through its percentage of voucher or tax credit scholarship students to look like a public school, the more it needs to be regulated like one. That seems fair enough as a working guideline. In Florida, where we have 33,000 tax credit scholarship students who make up on average only 17 percent of the total enrollment in their private schools, the sliding scale approach seems entirely reasonable.
Outgoing New York schools chancellor Joel Klein is right to identify that low-income families deserve to have the best educational options available to them, but he frames the argument for school choice in a way that stops short of advocating for equal opportunities for our most disadvantaged families.