Tag: John Kirtley

Charters have 99 problems, but private choice is not one of them

Recently, the Trump administration proposed consolidating several federal education programs into a single block grant to states, including federal charter school funding. The same budget proposal calls for the creation a federal private school tax credit program. In other circumstances, both ideas would be worth a tussle on the merits.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Verification, protests, Legislature, vouchers and more

Bullying scholarship verification: The Florida Department of Education is advising school districts not to verify students’ bullying claims before deciding whether to award them Hope Scholarships to attend different public schools or private schools. Doing so would violate state law, the DOE told superintendents in a memo that also warned[Read More…]

John Kirtley on universal vouchers, tax credit scholarships and more

Jeffrey Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times recently interviewed Step Up For Students Board Chair John Kirtley for a Times story on Florida’s education choice programs. Jeff’s questions and John’s answers are below. This interview has been edited for length. Why did you first create the tax credit scholarships? Were[Read More…]

Doug Tuthill: To have an education grand bargain for Florida’s future, look to its past

A day after the Florida Board of Education unanimously approved former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to be Florida’s new Commissioner of Education, the new president of Florida’s state teachers union extended an olive branch. Florida Education Association (FEA) President Fedrick Ingram told the Tampa Bay Times: “We want to work[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Corcoran picked, Florida’s spending on schools and more

Corcoran chosen: Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has officially nominated former House Speaker Richard Corcoran for the job of education commissioner. Corcoran is a staunch supporter of school choice, vouchers and charter schools, and former Senate president Don Gaetz says Corcoran could become the “most disruptive education reformer in our state’s history.” Politically[Read More…]