Tag: florida and school choice

Parents will be the winners with proposed school choice assistance legislation

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared Thursday on tallahassee.com. The Florida Legislature’s 2023 session will begin in early March, soon after Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers report[Read More…]

National Catholic Schools Week: Standing on the shoulders of great people, building a brighter future

Editor’s note: Deacon Scott Conway, Cabinet Secretary of Education and Formation and Superintendent of the Schools for the Diocese of St. Augustine, wrote this commentary in recognition of Catholic Schools Week. As we prepared for Catholic Schools Week, which is Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2023, I could not help[Read More…]

Betsy DeVos, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, Libs of TikTok, others urge Florida lawmakers to expand school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on foxnews.com. A coalition of school choice proponents signed a letter that urges Florida lawmakers to pass an unprecedented education savings account bill. Florida House Bill 1, which the state’s House Speaker described as the “largest” school choice measure, would provide access to education[Read More…]

‘Transformational’ education choice bill wins approval in first legislative hearing

A bill that would extend eligibility for flexible spending accounts to all K-12 students cleared its first hurdle today on the way to becoming the largest expansion of education choice in Florida’s history. Members of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee voted 13-4 to move HB 1 forward to its[Read More…]

podcastED: Veteran Florida Virtual School teacher looks at the past, present and future of virtual education

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Mary Mitchell, an award-winning educator at Florida Virtual School. Mitchell, who started teaching in 1998, was among the first to join the faculty at the state’s premier online public school and wrote one of its earliest biology courses. PEDMaryMitchellPodcast.mp3 –[Read More…]

Education choice expansion bill endorsed by statewide business group Florida Council of 100

A statewide group of top business leaders has endorsed landmark legislation that would extend education choice to all K-12 students in Florida. The Florida Council of 100 issued the following statement on Wednesday in support of HB 1, which is scheduled for a hearing Thursday before the House Choice and[Read More…]

Florida’s changing landscape: 1.6 million students in Sunshine State choose education choice

Editor’s note: National School Choice Week 2023 kicked off Monday and continues through Saturday. The event celebrates K-12 options available to families while generating public awareness of the importance of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to find the best educational fit. More than 1.6 million K-12 students in Florida[Read More…]

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responds to the filing of landmark education choice expansion legislation

Editor’s note: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman and founder of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, issued the following statement in response to the filing of HB 1. The bill would significantly expand eligibility for education choice options to all K-12 students in Florida. “The right to a publicly funded[Read More…]