Tag: florida and school choice

New autism center in Florida Keys offers education, therapy, resources – and hope

Editor’s note: Visit autismsocietyofthekeys.com for more information on the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism and cbc4autism.org for more on the Carrie Brazer School for Autism. For 23 years, the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism in Miami has served students on the autism spectrum and others with neurodiverse conditions. During that[Read More…]

Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

Editor’s note: You can watch a livestream of the celebration here. Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom expresses gratitude for state scholarship expansion to students in military families

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Tina Riffe, whose daughter, Vivian, 15, attends Grace Christian School in the Tampa Bay area on a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options. Riffe’s father served in the U.S. Navy. Her husband, Danny, a first-class petty officer, joined the Navy[Read More…]

Q&A with a Catholic school advocate who has returned to her roots

“As times change, technology changes, and our students change. We, too, need to continue our education in best practices to be equipped for those changes.” – Cristina Rodriguez Catholic education has been an integral part of Cristina Rodriguez’s life. Her mother was a teacher in Cuba at a School of the[Read More…]

All eyes on Florida’s new education commissioner

Editor’s note: This commentary from Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, appeared Tuesday on realclearpolicy.com. Last Friday, Florida’s State Board of Education voted to approve Republican Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. the state’s new education commissioner. Diaz makes history as Florida’s first Hispanic education commissioner. He is[Read More…]

Expanding the idea of public education

Editor’s note: This commentary from Step Up For Students director of strategic communications Scott Kent appeared Sunday on Citrus County’s chronicleonline.com. In her column Sunday, April 24, Rosemary Nilles makes a compelling argument for education choice, even as she rejects it. It’s encouraging to see the League of Women Voters[Read More…]

Micro-school pioneer: If I can do it, so can you

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Before all the buzz about learning pods and micro-schools, some folks were already creating learning pods and micro-schools. Jaime Manfra went down this path 10 years ago. Her Service Learning Micro-school (SLS) is all about flexibility, diversity, community service. Students here spend a lot of time helping[Read More…]

Word for Word: Newly confirmed Florida education commissioner pledges to keep his ‘foot on the pedal’ for education choice

Editor’s note: The Florida state board of education unanimously confirmed State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., an education choice champion, as the state’s next Commissioner of Education on Friday. Diaz, R-Hialeah Gardens, has served in the Florida Legislature since he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He won[Read More…]