Tag: Florida and tax credit scholarships

Redefining public education for the 21st century

Editor’s note: This commentary from Step Up For Students’ director of strategic communications Scott Kent appeared Monday on naplesnews.com. In her April 15 column, Sharon Harris-Ewing paints a quaint, Norman Rockwell idea of public education – one that, if it ever truly existed for all, is from a bygone era.[Read More…]

Florida private school to launch video gaming academy and esports team

Competitive video gaming has exploded in high schools over the past several years following its official recognition as a sport in 2018 by the National Federation of State High School Associations. High school esports teams are nearly as common as tennis teams, with colleges offering scholarships to students who formerly[Read More…]

‘What are we doin’?’ A veteran school administrator reflects on changing lives and education choice

Editor’s note: reimaginED guest blogger Ashley Elliott is a former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipient from Lakeland, Florida, and a member of the 2019 cohort of the American Federation for Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship Program.   Principal Mark Thomas is a wonderful administrator who always goes the extra mile for[Read More…]

Report recommends how to craft tax credit scholarships program

One out of three students receiving a tax credit scholarship in the United States lives in Florida according to a new report from the Pioneer Institute, a free-market think tank based in Boston. The report, “Earning Full Credit: A Toolkit for Designing Tax-Credit Scholarship Policies,” by Jason Bedrick, reviews the[Read More…]

Florida governor signs bill offering state K-12 scholarships to Florida law enforcement officers’ dependents

With uniformed sheriff’s deputies looking on, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed HB 3, a bill aimed at recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers with a variety of perks, including state K-12 scholarships for their dependents. “There’ a lot of great stuff in here, and I’m just proud that[Read More…]

Where school choice and environmental stewardship go hand in hand

VERO BEACH, Fla. – If you don’t want your kids getting their hands dirty, steer clear of The Willow School. The 72-student, K-8 private school has a riot of a garden, with a mulberry tree along the back fence, a banana tree in the corner, and green erupting in every[Read More…]

Senate Bill 1348 would make it easier for scholarship families in Florida to receive scholarship funds for their children

The following bill has been filed for the 2022 Florida legislative session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through March 11. BILL NO: SB 1348 TITLE: Educational Choice Scholarships SPONSOR: Sen. Manny Diaz – Hialeah Gardens WHAT IT WOULD DO: Eliminate program caps, and because the increase in income threshold[Read More…]

Step Up For Students weekly enrollment numbers for the week ending 12/17/2021

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (income-based scholarships): 154,932 enrolled students, 16 percent higher than in December, 2020 53 percent of students live in single-parent households 67 percent Black or Hispanic $40,759 average household income Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities: 23,720 students[Read More…]