Florida’s special education improvement shines and shames

Education choice critics often claim that choice will harm students remaining in public schools. Florida students with disabilities have had fully funded access to private choice programs on a statewide basis since 2001, and to charter schools since 1996. Florida’s students with disabilities have thus had much greater access to[Read More…]

Florida reform cocktail retains potency

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released “the nation’s report card” recently, which included fourth and eighth grade Math and Reading results for 2022. The results can only be described as devastating. Closing the achievement gap between Black and white students has long served as an aspiration of the[Read More…]

And the 2022 NAEP pathetic literacy performance award goes to …

It’s award season here at reimaginED, and we’re reviewing a trend from “the Nation’s Report Card” for low-income students who tested in all 50 states between 2003 and 2022 on the fourth grade Reading exam. Basically, you want to see your state on the right side of the zero line[Read More…]

Jeb Bush: How to end the epidemic of failure in America’s schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd and ExcelinEd in Action, appeared last week on wsj.com. While much of the U.S. has returned to normal after the pandemic, the long-term academic harm to students endures. This school year is the first time[Read More…]

Private schools are rebounding — but can it last?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Paul E. Peterson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 education, appeared last week on thehill.com. You can read a reimaginED post about private school enrollment growth in Florida here. The National Assessment of Educational[Read More…]