Tag: Don Gaetz

Florida schools roundup: Corcoran picked, Florida’s spending on schools and more

Corcoran chosen: Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has officially nominated former House Speaker Richard Corcoran for the job of education commissioner. Corcoran is a staunch supporter of school choice, vouchers and charter schools, and former Senate president Don Gaetz says Corcoran could become the “most disruptive education reformer in our state’s history.” Politically[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Schools of Hope, Corcoran reaction, security and more

Schools of Hope: The Florida Department of Education is looking for a financial partner to provide loans to build charter schools near persistently struggling, traditional public schools. The partner would oversee the $100 million “Schools of Hope” loan program that was passed by the Legislature in 2017. The DOE expects[Read More…]

Fla. Senate proposal would bar ‘private enrichment’ from charter school funding

Florida’s charter schools would have financial incentives to serve low-income and special needs students, and be barred from using state facilities funding for “private enrichment,” under a proposal approved this week by a state Senate panel. The Senate’s plan, which won praise on both sides of the aisle, was unveiled[Read More…]

Bill expanding special needs scholarship accounts ready for Fla. Senate floor

A bill solidifying Florida’s newest educational choice program continued its string of bipartisan support this morning, winning unanimous backing from the Senate Appropriations panel. The measure would boost funding for Florida’s Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, make them available to more students, and broaden their potential uses. Step Up For Students,[Read More…]