Tag: Florida school choice

podcastED: Scholarship mom discusses the challenges of finding the best educational fit for her children with dyslexia

  On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Shannon Bloodworth, a parent and education choice advocate from Archer, a small community 15 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida. Her daughter, Ella, 11, and son, Holton, 7, receive the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. https://www.redefinedonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Lisa_ShannonBloodworth_EDIT.mp3 Bloodworth[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 K-12 scholarship programs earn top rankings in national guidebook

Five Florida K-12 scholarship programs have landed in the top tier of education choice programs ranked by a national school choice advocacy group. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the McKay Scholarship programs each took top honors in their respective categories in rankings released today by the American Federation for[Read More…]

podcastED: Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill interviews SUFS founder John Kirtley

On this episode, Tuthill and Kirtley celebrate 20 years of serving students and their families, which has culminated in the organization awarding its 1-millionth education choice scholarship. Kirtley, a venture capitalist and the founder of Step Up For Students, was first inspired to make education choice his mission during the[Read More…]

For some Florida private schools, pandemic ‘may very well mean closure’

The 43 Catholic schools serving 15,000 students in the Diocese of Orlando began making preparations for the Covid-19 pandemic in February. It knew then, said Superintendent Henry Fortier, that “this virus posed, in some instances, potential extinction for us.” By mid-April, a handful of families at virtually every school –[Read More…]