Tag: private schools

Step Up For Students weekly enrollment numbers for the week ending 12/17/2021

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (income-based scholarships): 154,932 enrolled students, 16 percent higher than in December, 2020 53 percent of students live in single-parent households 67 percent Black or Hispanic $40,759 average household income Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities: 23,720 students[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Every family deserves a choice

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Georgia mother Desiree Williams was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My name is Desiree Williams, and I am the parent of a 16-year-old named Kyle. My son has been attending Central Christian School in Sharpsburg, Ga., since sixth grade.[Read More…]

Why school choice can mean a better education for underserved students

Editor’s note: This commentary from Lexi Boccuzzi, a University of Pennsylvania sophomore from Stamford, Conn., studying philosophy, politics and economics, appeared Monday on The Daily Pennsylvanian. The term “school choice” is defined as “a program or policy in which students are given the choice to attend a school other than[Read More…]

A parent’s story: How the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship benefited all of us

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Sharifah Lee was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I am a hometown Florida girl, born of parents who came to this country with seven children. My siblings and I are the product of public schools. Because[Read More…]

More school choice. More truth, beauty and goodness.

SARASOTA, Fla. – If they could, plenty of parents across America would choose a school like The Classical Academy of Sarasota, where students from pre-school to high school are immersed in a search for “truth, goodness and beauty” and will have read “The Iliad,” “The Aeneid” and Plato’s “Republic” by[Read More…]

Private school enrollment increase points to parent, student satisfaction as new academic year begins

Holy Family Catholic School started its new academic year not with a bang, but a boom. An enrollment boom. “Last year, we had about 360 students,” said Sandy Salem, director of marketing and advancement for the Jacksonville, Florida, school.  “This year we jumped to over 420. We hope to continue[Read More…]

Florida private school enrollment declines sharply during pandemic

COVID-19 rocked K-12 school enrollment overall last year, but private schools were hit especially hard as enrollment declined for the first time in more than a decade. A new report from the Florida Department of Education shows private school enrollment fell by 33,500 students, the steepest decline observed in the[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…]