Tag: Florida PTA

Why are the FEA, PTA blocking school choice for low-income parents?

Editor’s note: This post recently appeared as an op-ed in the Gainesville Sun. It was published before the House proposal was changed to include no increase in the program cap. Florida’s tax credit scholarship program is administered by Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog. In a state that gives parents an[Read More…]

Parents shouldn’t be fighting each other over school choice

Editor’s note: This post first appeared as an op-ed in the Tampa Tribune. Step Up For Students, which administers the state’s tax credit scholarship program, co-hosts this blog. Eileen Segal is a gracious Florida PTA president who welcomed to her annual conference last summer a contingent of low-income parents who[Read More…]

School choice parents to PTA: ‘Stop the attack on our children’

Last week, the Florida PTA sent an action alert to its members, pressing them to call lawmakers about the bill to expand tax credit scholarships for low-income students. The alert said, “Tell them to “STOP THE ATTACK ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!” Parents of children with tax credit scholarships fired back.[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Open enrollment, tax credit scholarships, charter schools and more

Open enrollment. Duval County’s plan for universal public school choice is now on hold indefinitely, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from WJCT. WJXT.  Tax credit scholarships. The Florida PTA comes out against legislation expanding the tax credit scholarships program. Extra Credit. A Tampa Bay Times columnist rails against the program, seizing on[Read More…]

Florida private school “voucher” parents join PTA

Earlier this month, the Florida PTA held its annual convention with at least 20 new members in attendance: parents of children who receive tax credit scholarships to attend private schools. Many of them took time off from one or two jobs to attend. And in doing so, they participated in[Read More…]

The faces of school choice

Rallies tend to be choreographed political endeavors, but the video above is worth your four minutes if for no other reason than the glimpses of the parents who participated. This school choice rally was held at the Florida Capitol on April 3, and it represents something you don’t see every day.[Read More…]

New parent trigger bill clears first hurdle in Florida House

The parent trigger bill is back in the Florida Legislature this year and, judging by the spirited 8-5 party line vote it got in its first committee stop Thursday, perhaps as contentious as ever. But unlike last year, some Florida parents and child advocates not only voiced support, but drove to[Read More…]

Adam Putnam: ‘If we lose the parents, we’ve lost the battle’

Editor’s note: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was a late arrival and one of the last speakers at Wednesday’s education summit on Common Core in Orlando. But he delivered some of the most memorable lines, stressing better communication with parents about education reform and school choice. Here’s a transcript of[Read More…]