Tag: florida and parental choice

Emerging market in public education is a good thing

Words such as voucher, privatization, profit and corporation are often used as weapons by individuals and groups who oppose parental empowerment and school choice. Using words as weapons is especially common during periods of significant social change – we all do it – but the practice undermines civic discourse and[Read More…]

A new tool for school choice – Matthew Ladner, podcastED

Call them Vouchers 2.0. In the age of customization, researcher Matthew Ladner sees education savings accounts as the tool for the times. Unlike vouchers or tax credit scholarships, ESAs would allow parents to use state funds to pay for a blend of K-12 educational options – schools, tutors, online programs, etc., in whatever[Read More…]

Evolving conversations about school choice in Florida

When people hear the term “school choice,” they usually don’t think about it in a traditional public school setting, said Joy Frank, general counsel for the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. But public school districts offer students a growing array of choice programs, too, from online classes to career[Read More…]

“Vouchers,” faith-based schools expand opportunities for low-income kids

Editor’s note: This op-ed ran in today’s Orlando Sentinel. Florida allocates five different scholarships from prekindergarten to college that allow students to attend faith-based schools. They don’t violate the U.S. Constitution because students choose, and government doesn’t coerce. Both factors were why, in 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that[Read More…]

Florida roundup: The impact of Florida reforms, teachers union rankings & more

Florida reforms make an impression. They’re a model for other states and influenced the Obama administration, writes The Guardian. Still working. A teacher who lost his job in the Pasco school district after sending inappropriate text messages to a female student lands in the Hillsborough district, where he has been put[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Praise for parental choice, a high school boot camp & more

Message from Florida. Skeptics in Louisiana shouldn’t fight expanded school choice and other reforms that boosted student achievement in Florida, writes Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Some especially notable lines from her post on the new EdFly Blog: “No amount of regulatory compliance can hope to match[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter school heartburn in Pinellas, school choice showcase in Palm Beach & more

Editor’s note: We’re going to try another something new on redefinED today – a brief, occasional and maybe even daily roundup of some of the latest education stories in Florida. We’re based in Florida; many of our readers are in Florida; and so much is going on down here education-wise – so, we think[Read More…]