Last month, the Florida Education Association stepped up to the plate to take a swing at school choice. The state’s teacher union made three claims. First, that 90% of Florida’s K-12 students attend public schools; second, that this figure hasn’t changed in more than 20 years; and third, that the[Read More…]
Renzo Downey, Florida Politics A Leon County court has sided with Florida’s teachers union over the state’s order for schools to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a temporary hold on that order. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson found that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran‘s order requires schools to reopen to receive funding. That “essentially[Read More…]
A story in Sunday’s Lakeland Ledger about a union-sponsored public education summit in Polk County included a chart of “Quick Facts” that bears scrutiny. One of them, about the financial impact of Florida Tax Credit Scholarships, is false. The statement: “In 2018, tax-credit scholarship programs totaled $1.058 billion, money that[Read More…]
The Florida PTA is dropping out of the lawsuit against the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, the nation’s largest private school choice program, following in the footsteps of the Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of School Administrators.
A national organization that fights for the academic needs of black students entered the lawsuit over Florida’s tax credit scholarship today. The group, Black Alliance for Educational Options, filed an amicus brief urging the First District Court of Appeal to reject the state teacher union’s attempt to shut down the scholarship[Read More…]
Some of Florida’s most influential black ministers took to the radio airwaves Tuesday to condemn a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the nation’s largest private school choice program. Bishop Victor Curry, a powerful Miami pastor, devoted two hours of his Tuesday morning call-in radio show to rallying support for Florida’s[Read More…]
Editor’s note: This post recently appeared as an op-ed in the Gainesville Sun. It was published before the House proposal was changed to include no increase in the program cap. Florida’s tax credit scholarship program is administered by Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog. In a state that gives parents an[Read More…]