Tag: Gardiner Scholarships

Commentary: Flexibility in education will help families like mine

Editor’s note: This commentary from Patrice Whitfield of Jacksonville explains how her three younger children have benefited from state scholarship programs – and how her three older children could have benefited had the scholarship been available sooner. As a mother of six, I’ve seen my share of struggles, especially when[Read More…]

Students with special needs miss traditions but not therapies at Florida Catholic schools

As COVID-19 sent brick-and-mortar education into a tailspin this spring, students at one North Florida school realized what they missed most was a creature with four legs and a wet nose. That’s why staff at Morning Star Catholic School in Jacksonville featured Nova, a golden retriever who likes to lean[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charters security, guns at schools, arming teachers and more

Charters security ruling: An administrative law judge rules that the Palm Beach County District must assign security officers to charter schools in order to comply with a state law passed last year. The school board had refused to provide officers for Renaissance Charter School Inc., which operates six schools in[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Assessments not shared, choice, pricey speech and more

Threat assessments: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teachers say they noted alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s aggressive behavior more than a year before 17 people were shot to death at the school a year ago. And Cruz himself told school officials that shooting guns helped relieve his stress. But none[Read More…]