Tag: Opportunity Scholarship

archivED: Remembering the rebels

Editor’s note: During this holiday season, redefinED is republishing our best articles of 2019 – those features and commentaries that deserve a second look. This article from Step Up For Students’ director of policy and public affairs Ron Matus was part of our “Education Revolution” series marking the 20th anniversary[Read More…]

Florida’s Blaine amendment leaves many unanswered questions (Part 2)

This is the second of two posts on the judicial history of Florida’s Blaine Amendment with regard to public aid to private religious institutions. Part one can be read here. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on the constitutionality of state Blaine Amendments in 2020. Lawyers defending[Read More…]

Florida’s Blaine amendment leaves many unanswered questions (Part I)

On June 7, 2005, opposing sides met for the final time to argue before the Florida Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the state’s first voucher program, the Opportunity Scholarship. Supporters of the program for low-income students had won several important victories, forcing opponents to abandon all but one remaining[Read More…]

Remember the rebels

Florida’s first school choice voucher left quite the legacy, even though it didn’t survive a legal challenge. One of the first Opportunity Scholarship students, Khaliah Clanton-Williams, says school choice changed her life for the better, and she’s hoping it will continue to expand so it can benefit her son as well.

Florida schools roundup: District emergency, court hearing, Zika and more

Financial emergency: The Jefferson County School District is in a financial emergency, the Florida Department of Education declares. The state requires districts to have a 3 percent reserve fund, and the district’s is now under 2 percent. The state has asked for and received two financial improvement plans, but Education Commissioner Pam[Read More…]

Struggling kids, rookie teachers and more reasons for school choice

A recent report from Harvard researchers offers more compelling reasons why expanded learning options are so needed for struggling students. Based on data from four urban school districts, the Strategic Data Project at Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research found lower-performing students are placed with brand-new teachers far more often than their[Read More…]