Tag: Manny Diaz Jr.

New LIBRE Initiative leader sees education freedom as ‘ultimate endgame’

As a kid whose family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1992, Daniel Martinez knows what it’s like to suddenly have choices after years of living without them. He also knows it takes hard work to build the American dream from scratch. “My mom taught herself cosmetology, and[Read More…]

Word for word: State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. on HB 7045

Editor’s note: In his closing argument for a landmark bill that would expand education choice options for Florida families, Diaz, R-Hialeah, said he believes all his colleagues want the state to have the best possible education system; they just hold different views on how to achieve that goal. He then[Read More…]

Word for word: Florida Senate President on importance of education choice

In remarks at the start of the 2021 legislative session earlier today, Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, stressed the crucial role of school choice programs and the right of every family to make appropriate educational decisions for their children, regardless of their income level. Here are Simpson’s remarks: Most parents[Read More…]

Florida Senate education choice bill clears first committee hurdle

A bill that would simplify Florida’s education choice programs by merging five scholarships into two and add a flexible spending option cleared the Florida Senate Education Committee today. By a vote of 6 to 4 along party lines, members approved SB48, which would transfer students receiving the Florida Tax Credit[Read More…]

Florida Senate Bill 48 simplifies choice for families

J.D. Vance’s autobiography “Hillbilly Elegy” describes how the author and the grandmother who raised him were entirely stumped by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. It was so complicated, Vance relates, that he figured that if he couldn’t file for financial aid, he shouldn’t go to college. He[Read More…]