Reading Scholarship

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…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Central Florida Urban League leader Glen Gilzean

On this episode, Tuthill speaks with president and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League about the work the organization is doing to empower the Black community through what Gilzean refers to as the three E’s – education, employment and entrepreneurship. Gilzean, a former Pinellas County School Board member, has[Read More…]

Step Up For Students ranks 21st on Forbes’ list of top charities

Americans donated more than $450 billion to charities last year. Of that amount, $49.5 billion went to the top 100 charities, according to Forbes Magazine’s America’s Top Charities rankings. Step Up for Students, a scholarship granting nonprofit that administers five school choice scholarship programs in Florida, ranked as the 21st[Read More…]

Reducing inequality in outside-of-school learning opportunities by investing in, expanding children’s savings accounts

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on one of the significant barriers to equal opportunity in American education. Children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more dependent on in-school learning and have fewer resources to learn when schools are closed. As lawmakers and school leaders work to prepare for the[Read More…]

Funding for Gardiner, Reading scholarships remains intact in 2020-21 state budget

A $42 million increase to the Gardiner Scholarship program for students with unique abilities has been spared in a state budget totaling $92.2 billion, despite a more than $1 billion spending veto. Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier today signed the state budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that in addition to[Read More…]

Auditor General releases annual review of Florida scholarship programs

In its fifth annual audit of Step Up For Students, the state’s largest nonprofit scholarship funding organization, the Florida Auditor General today issued what amounted to a clean bill of health. The report included findings on data procedures and scholarship purchase returns, both of which have been fixed by the[Read More…]