Public School Choice

Charter school competition and traditional public school student outcomes

A new study from a national group focused on domestic-policy areas has found evidence rebutting the argument that charter school exposure over a meaningful period of time produces declines in the performance of traditional public schools. The study, conducted by Marcus Winters, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, indicates a[Read More…]

The uses of adversity: education innovator Eva Moskowitz on distance learning

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.[Read More…]

PodcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews DOE senior chancellor Eric Hall

In this episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill talks with Eric Hall, who joined the Florida Department of Education in February 2019 to deal with some of the state’s most high-profile initiatives, including the expansion of school choice. A little more than a year into Hall’s tenure as[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews FLVS president and CEO Louis Algaze

In this episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill interviews Louis Algaze, president and CEO of Florida Virtual School. Founded in 1997, FLVS is a publicly funded non-profit that operates as its own $240 million school district. During the 2018-19 academic year, it served 215,505 students, technically making it[Read More…]

IDEA charter schools shine in national rankings

A not-for-profit Texas-based charter school company that plans to expand to Florida has received national recognition for 15 of its high schools. IDEA Public Schools, which is scheduled to open four schools in Hillsborough County next year and four in Jacksonville in 2022, announced that 15 of its college preparatory[Read More…]

Choice-rich Miami-Dade stars in U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools list

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where nearly three-quarters of students are enrolled in choice programs, led Florida once again on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the nation’s best public high schools released earlier this week. School for Advanced Studies, the top public high school in Florida, was the[Read More…]

podcastED: Education reform in a post-COVID-19 world featuring Doug Tuthill and Manny Diaz

In this episode of podcastED, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill and Florida Senate Education Committee Chairman Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, discuss how public education shifts are ramping up due in part to COVID-19. Among other topics, Tuthill and Diaz discuss policy changes that will be required to allow families[Read More…]

The malady spreading among teens prior to COVID-19

Back in February, the hashtag #ilovepublicschools trended on Twitter, but for reasons not intended by the originators. Many students used the hashtag as a vehicle to speak out about the bullying, homophobia and depression experienced by their peers. This startling phenomenon encouraged a deeper look at the data, as well[Read More…]