Reading Scholarship

Almost 5,000 struggling Florida readers reaped benefits of Reading Scholarship program in 2020-21

Nearly $2.5 million in Reading Scholarships were awarded to 4,961 Florida students during the 2020-21 school year according to a report prepared by the state-approved scholarship funding organization that helps administer the scholarship. Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog, disclosed that families spent about 82%, or $1.5 million,[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers pass largest budget in state history

The 2022 Florida legislative session drew to a close Monday with lawmakers passing a record $112.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Many education-related items were included in bills tied to the budget, including changes related to state school choice scholarship programs: Removal of the[Read More…]

Florida Reading Scholarship program helps twins stay on pace and excel in middle school

Since they were babies, Darnell Taylor’s identical twin daughters, Janae, and Sasha, have loved books. First, picture books, then chapter books. Now, the 12-year-olds are finding novels on BookTok, the bookish community on TikTok, where people post videos recommending books, make pithy observations about reading, and share their love of[Read More…]

Newly approved Louisiana literacy program modeled on Florida’s Reading Scholarship Program

Help is on the way for struggling young readers in the Pelican State, thanks to some inspiration from the Sunshine State. Lawmakers in Louisiana recently approved HB 85, which established a statewide reading scholarship program named for the late state Rep. Steve Carter, a former Louisiana House education chairman who[Read More…]

Private schools turn summer school into summer camp to make up COVID learning losses

One Florida school is hosting a summer camp that will include reading, math and Bible class. Another is incorporating sports and drama into its offerings. A nonprofit organization will use the arts to help students with reading skills. Meanwhile, field trips, which practically were non-existent during the past school year,[Read More…]