Tag: SB 48

Flexible scholarships would help many families

This commentary is an exclusive to redefinED from William Mattox, director of the Marshall Center for Educational Options at the James Madison Institute. TALLAHASSEE – Harold and Talethia Edwards have a house full of precocious children. And to hear them describe their offspring is a veritable delight. There’s the musical[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Central Florida Urban League leader Glen Gilzean

On this episode, Tuthill speaks with president and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League about the work the organization is doing to empower the Black community through what Gilzean refers to as the three E’s – education, employment and entrepreneurship. Gilzean, a former Pinellas County School Board member, has[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews entrepreneur Joe Connor

On this episode, Tuthill speaks with the co-owner of SchoolHouse, an organization serving several hundred students in eight states by creating flexible learning communities known as micro-pods for four to eight students. Tuthill and Connor discuss how SchoolHouse connects members of the community with a shared interest in a smaller[Read More…]

Commentary: Choice advocate dispels myths about education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This piece from Katie Swingle, an active school choice parent and advocate in Polk County, appeared in the Lakeland Ledger in response to a column published in the Ledger in February. As a mother whose children benefit from Florida education scholarships, I was offended by the recent “Your[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with ‘multiple choice’ mom Stephanie Conner

On this episode, redefinED senior writer Lisa Buie speaks with Stephanie Conner, a mother of four from the tiny town of LaBelle, Florida. The former teacher and her husband, Joel, an adult education teacher, use the Gardiner Scholarship for their son, Eli and daughter, Madeline. Their younger children, Meizie and[Read More…]

Word for Word: A parent’s plea for education choice

Among parent and educator advocates speaking Thursday before the Senate Appropriations Committee in favor of legislation that would streamline scholarship programs for Florida’s schoolchildren was Jerold Maynard. The firefighter and father of two spoke in favor of SB 48, which would eliminate the requirement that students applying for a Family[Read More…]

Education choice bill passes Senate Appropriations Committee, heads for floor vote

A bill that would simplify Florida’s education choice programs by merging five scholarships into two and add a flexible spending option is headed to a vote on the Senate floor after clearing the Senate Appropriations Committee today. By a vote of 11 to 8 along party lines, with Sen. Aaron[Read More…]

Commentary: I’m a single parent. I know what school is best for my kids.

Editor’s note: This commentary from Derrick Standifer, a full-time single father of two and a Ph.D. student at Florida A&M University, appeared this morning in the Tallahassee Democrat. I am a single father of two children, ages 6 and 4, who are exceptionally gifted. Traditional public schools simply don’t have[Read More…]