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Wishing that fellow progressives stop fighting education choice

For my education wish this holiday season, I would like to participate in a storied tradition older than the Bolsheviks themselves – progressives going after their own. I am on my hands and knees begging fellow self-styled progressives to stop denying educational autonomy to working class and minority families –[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Transgender fight, new boards, rule changes and more

Transgender fight: Dozens of Pasco County parents are calling on the school board to reverse its decision to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity choice. “Our gender is not assigned. We are created male and female. God is good,” resident Harry Chamness[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Alternatives to college, governor’s race and more

College alternatives: Increasingly, rural students in Florida are choosing to learn a trade instead of going to college. Among the reasons for their choices: Practicality, price and even politics. “It’s all about practicality,” says Wakulla County School District Superintendent Robert Pearce. “The mindset is: What makes the most sense?” Tampa Bay[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: DeSantis wins, tax hikes pass, board elections and more

Statewide races: Republican Ron DeSantis, who strongly backs school choice, wants 80 percent of all education spending directed into the classroom and pledges to expand the state’s K-12 scholarship programs and career and technical education opportunities, narrowly wins the governor’s race over Democrat Andrew Gillum. In other statewide races, Gov. Rick[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: School choice, contract talks, software costs and more

School choice survey: A recent survey concludes that the state’s K-12 tax credit scholarship program has greatly expanded educational opportunities for low-income families, and that those families are overwhelmingly satisfied with the program. More than 14,700 parents responded to the survey by the advocacy and research group EdChoice, with 92 percent[Read More…]