Religious Education

Adventist Florida Conference leader: Our goal is to be intentional

“The greatest gift that any educator can give to their students is to serve them by being a foundation for learning rather than a ceiling.” – Frank Runnels As the organizational body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the state of Florida, the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has a[Read More…]

The warmth of Florida (and Arizona) suns

Allan Jacob, a North Miami Beach nephrologist and chairman and CEO of Physicians Dialysis, wrote last week for the Wall Street Journal about the decision of many New York Orthodox Jews to relocate to Florida: So why did Rabbi Yisrael Taussig leave Brooklyn to start a community in Wimauma? Malka[Read More…]

U.S. Supreme Court to conference on Maine school choice case

States can’t discriminate against religious schools because of their religious identity. But can states discriminate if the school teaches religious things? If you thought this debate was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer, think again. Two recent circuit court rulings say yes, states can discriminate against religious instruction.[Read More…]

New Florida Catholic schools superintendent: ‘I strive to always operate out of a mindset of hope’

“It will be wonderful to work in a state that understands the value of school choice and enables families of all backgrounds to pick the best school for their child.” — Jim Rigg  The Archdiocese of Miami is getting a new cabinet secretary of education and superintendent of schools. Jim[Read More…]

A new normal for South Florida private school as tumultuous year winds down

The past year has been like a wild ride through the wilderness for Abundant Life Christian Academy, a small, faith-based private school about 15 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. Think Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a fast, bumpy, roller coaster-type ride aboard a speeding train through a haunted goldmine in the[Read More…]

Florida Jewish schools booming thanks to sunshine and school choice scholarships

As school leaders nationwide began the 2020-21 academic year still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that abruptly shuttered their campuses last spring, enrollment declined in many district schools, especially those in states where brick-and-mortar schools remained closed. Though Florida opened all district schools to full-time, in-person instruction, they too saw[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews education choice advocate Rabbi Moshe Matz

Editor’s note: To read a recent news story featuring Rabbi Matz, click here. On this episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill talks with the executive director of Agudath Israel of Florida, the local arm of a century-old advocacy organization committed to protecting and advancing the interests of the[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with Catholic school mom Jennifer Strickland

On this episode, redefinED senior writer Buie speaks with Jennifer Strickland, mother to 14-year-old Jack, a freshman at Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida. Strickland, a former retail manager and independent cosmetics consultant, found herself a single parent when her husband died unexpectedly. Strickland talks about why she chose a[Read More…]