Tag: private school scholarships

A parent’s story: Thankful that Florida’s school choice programs offer hope to special needs students

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Stephanie Rodriguez was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have three children. My younger two, Giana and Javier, have autism. I am thankful for the scholarship my children received to attend STARS Autism School. Before STARS, Giana was in a[Read More…]

More than half of all K-12 private school students enroll with help of a scholarship

Students on a Florida education choice scholarship made up more than half of the K-12 student population for the first time in state history last year, with 54.3% of all K-12 students enrolling thanks to a scholarship. According to data from the Florida Department of Education’s annual and quarterly reports,[Read More…]

Word for Word: Formerly homeless mom on finding hope, security through Florida’s scholarship program

Editor’s note: Juliette Harrell and her husband, Allen, found themselves in one of the worst situations a family could face: homeless, with children, and no resources for how to get back on their feet. Then the Orlando, Florida, couple found out about the Family Empowerment Scholarship Economic Options program for[Read More…]

Florida’s scholarship programs empower parents, students

Editor’s note: This commentary from Gina Lynch, chief operating officer and executive vice president for information technology at Step Up For Students, appeared today on heraldtribune.com. Bob Dylan wrote that you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. In Florida, the winds of change in public[Read More…]

Interest runs high for Florida state scholarships

Applications for two state scholarship programs – the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options – reached new milestones Friday, bringing the number of low- and middle-income students attending K-12 private schools on a state scholarship to 150,180. That’s nearly double the number of students[Read More…]

From falling behind to college bound at ‘Home of the Rattlers’

Editor’s note: For more examples of Black-owned private schools and charter schools, check out this directory from Black Minds Matter. You can read about a Jacksonville charter school that introduces elementary students to the culture of historically Black colleges and universities here. TAMPA, Fla. – Dwayne Raiford envisioned his “HBCU[Read More…]

The warmth of Florida (and Arizona) suns

Allan Jacob, a North Miami Beach nephrologist and chairman and CEO of Physicians Dialysis, wrote last week for the Wall Street Journal about the decision of many New York Orthodox Jews to relocate to Florida: So why did Rabbi Yisrael Taussig leave Brooklyn to start a community in Wimauma? Malka[Read More…]

The ‘education machine’ made this educator leave teaching – then she founded her own school

Editor’s note: Denisha Merriweather, director of family engagement at the American Federation for Children and founder of Black Minds Matter, recently interviewed Arianne Craig Jolla, who had dreamed of being a teacher since she was in fourth grade. Frustrated with school administrators who expected her to “teach to the test,”[Read More…]