Tag: Al Lawson

Lawmakers praise Fifth Third Bank for decision to resume support of tax credit scholarships

Within an hour of Fifth Third Bank’s announcement via a press release that it will continue to fund scholarships for Florida’s most disadvantaged students, state lawmakers took to social media to thank the bank for reconsidering its decision to fund the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. Those lawmakers included Rep.[Read More…]

Democrat: Stop casting school choice parents as villains in public ed

Editor’s note: This post originally ran as an op-ed today in Florida Today, in response to a column by former state Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland. It’s authored by former state Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, who is a member of the Step Up For Students board of directors. The state’s tax[Read More…]

Why Charlie Crist will continue to back school choice

If parental choice is to be an educational litmus test for Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat, then he might surprise the politicos who are tracking the 2014 gubernatorial race. There are legitimate reasons to believe Crist, who formally entered the race on Monday, will support at least some forms of private school choice.[Read More…]

School choice for low-income students strengthens public education

Editor’s note: This piece ran in Monday’s Gainesville Sun. Parents with financial means long have chosen their children’s schools by where they live or which private tuition they pay, but Florida is approaching a remarkable threshold in school choice. Last year, 1.5 million students — or 43 percent — attended[Read More…]

Former Democratic lawmaker joins Step Up For Students board

Al Lawson, an iconic Democratic lawmaker who served in the Florida Legislature for nearly three decades, has joined a nonprofit board that oversees state-supported scholarships for low-income schoolchildren. Lawson was selected last week to serve on the corporate board of Step Up For Students, which is a state-approved “scholarship funding[Read More…]