Tag: Florida and tax credit scholarships

A parent’s story: ‘My child needed somebody other than her mother to believe in her’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Juanita Fugate debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My daughter started having trouble with school around the time she entered middle school. Her grades, and consequently her behavior, started to take a turn for the worse. The[Read More…]

Study: Who gains the most when education choice programs scale up?

  Editor’s note: The following study of the effects of increased education choice competition on students at neighborhood schools was done by David Figlio, Cassandra M.D. Hart and Krzysztof Karbownik and originally appeared in Education Next. Advocates for taxpayer-funded school-choice programs cite the potential of market competition to spur educational[Read More…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program records 94.9% graduation rate for 2019-20

Nearly 95% of seniors participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program graduated from high school during the 2019-20 school year, the second highest graduation rate since the nonprofit that administers the state scholarships began tracking graduation rates in 2015. Catholic schools had the highest graduation rate at 99.1%, while[Read More…]

House bill to simplify education choice scholarships heads for floor vote

An education choice bill that would streamline options for families who receive state scholarships won approval today from the House Appropriations Committee and is headed for a floor vote. HB 7045 passed with Democratic Reps. James Bush III of Opa-Locka, Anika Omphroy of Sunrise, Nicholas Duran of Miami, and Patricia[Read More…]

Federal stimulus will extend educational enrichment for scholarship families

Ayana Standifer is the kind of kid teachers often describe as bright.   At age 3, when her classmates were learning the alphabet, Ayana could read. When they were counting to 10, she was adding single-digit numbers. Now 6, she spends her evenings – after she’s finished her homework –[Read More…]

Private school enrollment continues to grow

The president of a Tampa firm that provides modular building construction services can sum up the demand for modular and portable buildings in one word: Incredible. Many of the calls Dave Kuczar of Alternative Building Solutions has received lately are coming from private school administrators who want to create space[Read More…]

Horse therapy opens new world for blind teen

Editor’s note: You can read an earlier story about Sarah Clanton here. Be sure to watch the video of Yvonne Clanton telling Sarah’s story at the end of this post. Yvonne Clanton realizes some might question why a state scholarship would pay for kids to ride horses. She wondered herself,[Read More…]

How a great-grandmother and a school choice scholarship changed the lives of two young girls

Editor’s note: This story about how one family is participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program first appeared on Step Up For Students’ sister blog. On a Friday morning in March 2020, a judge granted Sharon Strickland temporary custody of her great-granddaughter, Savannah. The little girl, 8 at the[Read More…]