Tag: Florida and religious schools

New private school seeks to connect Florida students with their Jewish roots

Rabbi Isaac Melnick thinks learning should be fun. As a young teacher in a Hebrew dual-language charter school in South Florida, he ran a lively after-school program that taught Torah to students who wanted to receive Judaic instruction. He called the program Torah 4 Everyone. He also ran Camp Cooluna, a[Read More…]

Making Florida the new ‘promised land’ for education-minded families

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, director of the Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute in Tallahassee and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared Tuesday on Florida Politics. It was excerpted from a new JMI report presented this week at an international conference in Ireland. You can read[Read More…]

A little legal history to go with those concerns about vouchers & creationism

The Orlando Sentinel recently published a blog entry about a new website that opposes students using publicly-funded vouchers to attend private schools that teach creationism. The site asserts, “Teaching creationism with public money is unconstitutional. It violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which lays out a clear separation[Read More…]

Thanks to “voucher,” girl and great-grandma find a school that’s like family

Editor’s note: Every month, Step Up For Students – which co-hosts this blog – profiles a family that benefits from Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. Here’s the latest: Vivian Calhoun is raising a princess. She didn’t plan on it, but it’s working out just fine. She gets to give and receive[Read More…]

Private school “vouchers” give siblings fresh start, new foundation

Editor’s note: Every month, Step Up For Students profiles a family that benefits from Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. This month it’s the Jenkins family of Tampa. Sharla and Donald Jenkins are raising six children, but less than a year ago, they were parents of two. After relatives wound up in[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…]