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podcastED: reimaginED executive editor Matthew Ladner and Heritage Foundation’s Jonathan Butcher discuss education savings accounts

On this episode, Ladner and the Heritage Foundation’s Will Skillman Education Fellow discuss Butcher’s new report studying spending trends of families using North Carolina’s Education Savings Account. https://www.redefinedonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ButcherLadner_EDIT.mp3   The report shows that significantly more families in North Carolina are using their ESA money on different purchases and services than[Read More…]

Pandemic pod rockets South Florida entrepreneur into a new career

Christy Kian wasn’t sure what she was getting into last year when she agreed to help a parent struggling to educate her two children during the coronavirus pandemic. The mom wasn’t satisfied with the distance learning plan her school had set up at the start of the shutdown, and things[Read More…]

SUFS president delivers remarks before Senate Education Committee

Editor’s note: In a moving 20-minute presentation Tuesday at the Florida Senate Education Committee’s first meeting in advance of the 2021 legislative session, lifelong education choice advocate Doug Tuthill set the stage for continued expansion of school choice as a means of leveling persistent gaps and improving education outcomes for[Read More…]

Elisabeth’s story: From a mom’s worst nightmare to a mom’s best dream

Elisabeth Edwards came home from school one afternoon and told her mom that she wanted to die. She was 6. Elisabeth was stupid, she told her mom. That’s how they made her feel at school. She questioned why God made her that way. She questioned why God made her at[Read More…]

New automated tuition payment system offers FTC families convenience, improved security

Schools and families that participate in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program now have a faster, easier and more secure way to process tuition payments. A new automated system developed by Step Up For Students, Florida’s largest scholarship funding organization, allows parents to approve tuition payments for their children’s schools[Read More…]

Charter schools and the unbundling of K-12 education services

Editor’s note: This post is an edited version of a talk Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill delivered in October to the Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando. Products and services in many industries are in the process of being unbundled. Thirty years ago, we had to buy albums[Read More…]