Tag: PTA

Why are the FEA, PTA blocking school choice for low-income parents?

Editor’s note: This post recently appeared as an op-ed in the Gainesville Sun. It was published before the House proposal was changed to include no increase in the program cap. Florida’s tax credit scholarship program is administered by Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog. In a state that gives parents an[Read More…]

Parents shouldn’t be fighting each other over school choice

Editor’s note: This post first appeared as an op-ed in the Tampa Tribune. Step Up For Students, which administers the state’s tax credit scholarship program, co-hosts this blog. Eileen Segal is a gracious Florida PTA president who welcomed to her annual conference last summer a contingent of low-income parents who[Read More…]

School choice parents to PTA: ‘Stop the attack on our children’

Last week, the Florida PTA sent an action alert to its members, pressing them to call lawmakers about the bill to expand tax credit scholarships for low-income students. The alert said, “Tell them to “STOP THE ATTACK ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!” Parents of children with tax credit scholarships fired back.[Read More…]

Florida private school “voucher” parents join PTA

Earlier this month, the Florida PTA held its annual convention with at least 20 new members in attendance: parents of children who receive tax credit scholarships to attend private schools. Many of them took time off from one or two jobs to attend. And in doing so, they participated in[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Tony Bennett, per-pupil funding, charter conversion & more

Tony Bennett. Interview with Alexander Russo. School choice. Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning is forming a high-level task force to examine expansion of district options, reports Gradebook. Miami-Dade is planning to expand its partnership with the academically rigorous Cambridge program from 20 programs in 16 schools to 100 programs in 86, reports[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Dual enrollment, school audits, Rick Scott & more

Teachers unions. The rise of Fedrick Ingram, new president of the the Miami-Dade teachers union. Miami Herald. Teacher conduct. Ocala Star Banner: “Teacher suspended for bonk with a banana.” Dual enrollment. A mandate that school districts pick up the tab for dual enrollment students is putting districts in a tough[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: virtual schools, teacher conduct, tutors & more

Virtual schools. Lawmakers open online learning to more providers, including private interests, reports the Miami Herald. StateImpact Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting obtain internal emails and a recording of a K12 Inc. company meeting that they say shed light on questionable company practices involving teachers who are not properly certified. Struggling[Read More…]