Student Voices

Education choice groups across the country look to students to ramp up advocacy efforts

Isabella Paez has always embraced advocacy. The whip-smart Florida 15-year-old is proud of her Cuban-American heritage and is active in school clubs that promote business ethics and social justice. A lover of literature, her favorite book is “The Hate U Give,” the 2017 New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas[Read More…]

Marquavis Wilson: ‘I don’t have to fight anymore.’

Among those who traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday to speak in favor of legislation that will simplify Florida’s education choice programs by merging five scholarships into two and add a flexible spending option was a 16-year-old student from South Florida who knows first-hand the value of education choice. Marquavis[Read More…]

In her own words: A Step Up Scholar on the most important thing she learned in high school

Editor’s note: Isabella Garcia, a senior at La Progresiva Presbyterian School in South Florida, wrote this essay as part of her college application. Located in a working-class section of Miami, La Progresiva serves 622 students who qualify for Florida Tax Credit Scholarships. Isabella’s essay came to redefinED unsolicited and is[Read More…]

Student commentary: I graduated from a virtual school that provides a blueprint for online learning

Editor’s note: This post from Florida Virtual School graduate Maya Washburn first published on Project Forever Free, a platform of brightbeam. You can read a redefinED story about Washburn here. The COVID-19 pandemic that forced scores of public and private school students out of their classrooms and into online learning[Read More…]

‘A school choice scholarship saved my life’

toldEditor’s note: Among the scores of supporters who gathered at the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday to show support for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program was Elijah Robinson, a Jacksonville teen who told attendees the program saved his life. As noted in an October 2019 redefinED article about Elijah, his story[Read More…]

A school choice scholarship saved Elijah’s life – and allowed him to be who he is

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Every day, they cut him with slurs. Almost every day, they tried to block him from the boys’ locker room. For Elijah Robinson, a soft-spoken kid with mocha skin and almond eyes, the harassment at his high school was cruel punishment for his sexual identity. It started[Read More…]