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Virtual charter school board member mom to Florida lawmakers: ‘Empower parents for greater customization’

Melissa Ley left her job as a teacher at a public school to let her daughters learn at home after determining the public schools they attended were not the best fit for them. At the time, Ley’s family didn’t qualify for an education choice scholarship, so she enrolled the girls[Read More…]

Best of 2022: Virtual reality charter school takes students to the moon, under the sea

Editor’s note: In keeping with our year-end tradition, the team at reimaginED reviewed our work over the past 12 months to find stories and commentaries that represent our best content of 2022. This post from reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie is the sixth in our series. Buie donned a headset[Read More…]

Keep an open mind about so-called for-profit charter schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Amber M. Northern, senior vice president for research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Nathaniel Grossman, an editorial and program associate at Fordham, written expressly for reimgainED, explores the myths and misperceptions about charter schools. More than two years ago, a Florida newspaper editorial[Read More…]

Nonprofit group will use prize money to offer high quality education choice to more children of migrant families

The students at Wimauma Community Academy were so determined to win an online math competition that they came to school over the weekend to stay at the top of the leaderboard. At a school where about 95% of the students live below the federal poverty level and don’t have Wi-Fi[Read More…]

Florida charter school enrollment increases by 20,000 students

Charter school enrollment in the Sunshine State increased by 20,013 students in the 2021-22 school year according to data released by the Florida Department of Education. More than 360,000 students enrolled in one of 703 charter schools, a growth of 5.8% over the prior year. Unlike private schools, which suffered the first[Read More…]

Pensacola State College charter school offers high schoolers opportunity to earn two credentials at once

As the rising cost of college continues to push higher education out of reach, programs that allow high schoolers to earn college credits are soaring in popularity. Many dual enrollment programs traditionally have been offered within public and private high schools, while others have allowed students to attend classes on[Read More…]

Charter advocacy poll: Parents value school choice, candidates who support it

Editor’s note: This post reflects the content of a news release issued by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. In a new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and The Harris Poll released Wednesday, parents reveal that they want more and better school options with 93%[Read More…]

Florida charter school finds champion as it fights for survival

A Florida charter school that closed after a judge upheld the school board’s decision to revoke its charter has found an unlikely ally – a school board member. Osceola County School Board member Jon Arguello, whose vocal support for education choice sometimes puts him at odds with his fellow board[Read More…]