Tag: parental school choice

Microgrants offer families flexible spending opportunities

Editor’s note: This commentary from Ben DeGrow, a policy director for education choice at ExcelinEd, appeared last week on the organization’s website. In recent years, 10 states have introduced education microgrant programs, providing small sums of money to parents to spend on supplemental educational services like educational therapies or tutoring[Read More…]

Utah governor signs major education funding bill, becoming third state to enshrine school choice into law

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on foxnews.com. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, R., on Saturday signed a major school choice bill, giving parents more options for their child’s education. H.B. 215 provides established the “Utah Fits All Scholarship Program” and provided funding for the program as well as boosted teacher pay.[Read More…]

Parents will be the winners with proposed school choice assistance legislation

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared Thursday on tallahassee.com. The Florida Legislature’s 2023 session will begin in early March, soon after Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers report[Read More…]

Betsy DeVos, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, Libs of TikTok, others urge Florida lawmakers to expand school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on foxnews.com. A coalition of school choice proponents signed a letter that urges Florida lawmakers to pass an unprecedented education savings account bill. Florida House Bill 1, which the state’s House Speaker described as the “largest” school choice measure, would provide access to education[Read More…]

podcastED: Veteran Florida Virtual School teacher looks at the past, present and future of virtual education

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Mary Mitchell, an award-winning educator at Florida Virtual School. Mitchell, who started teaching in 1998, was among the first to join the faculty at the state’s premier online public school and wrote one of its earliest biology courses. PEDMaryMitchellPodcast.mp3 –[Read More…]

‘It’s just time to be bold’: Oklahoma lawmaker files Education Freedom Act

Editor’s note: This article appeared Saturday on Oklahoma’s ktul.com. During the upcoming legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers could take up SB 822, the Education Freedom Act, which aims to allow parents to set up education savings accounts for their children. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters (R) is supporting the measure.[Read More…]

School choice legislation is likely from Georgia lawmakers this session

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on thecentersquare.com. Georgia lawmakers are almost certain to discuss school funding and even school choice legislation during this year’s legislative session. “I think we’re going to have a very robust discussion when it comes to school funding, when it comes to vouchers and[Read More…]

Seizing on parents’ frustration, GOP governors push for education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on the74million.org. Capitalizing on parents’ frustration with public schools during the pandemic, Republican governors across the country are putting education savings accounts at the center of their legislative agendas. Some hope to significantly broaden the concept of ESAs, which allow families to tap state[Read More…]