Tag: tax credit scholarships

Former Florida lawmaker and U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek was a trailblazer for school choice

Editor’s note: To read a tribute to Carrie Meek from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucy Morgan, who accompanied Mrs. Meek on her congressional campaign trail in 1992, click here. Much has been written about Carrie Meek, the former Florida lawmaker and one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since[Read More…]

podcastED: Interview with a scholarship parent who became eligible under Florida’s 2021 school choice expansion

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Megan Luten, a mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, whose 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, attends Catholic kindergarten thanks to the Family Empowerment Scholarship Education Options scholarship. Luten, a speech therapist, discusses the search she and her husband, Jameson, a registered nurse,[Read More…]

Students deserve the best education

Editor’s note: This commentary from Arkansas State Rep. David Ray appeared last week in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Much has been written about education being the defining issue in this month’s Virginia gubernatorial election between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. Youngkin, a businessman with no prior political experience,[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…]

In this charter school, Black families find understanding, trust

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dorian Smith wanted a more academically challenging environment for his daughter, D’Yani, so after third grade he moved her from her struggling neighborhood school to a magnet school. Because of staff churn, though, that school wasn’t working out either. So, in the middle of fifth grade, Smith[Read More…]

Michigan House, Senate okay bills creating tax credits for school scholarships

Both the Michigan House and Senate are advancing bills, introduced last week, that would provide tax credits to residents who contribute to a scholarship program for students to use at schools of their choice. Under the legislation, individuals could contribute money toward scholarship-granting organizations under the Student Opportunity Scholarship program.[Read More…]

A parent’s story: ‘These children are our future doctors, our lawyers’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Katrina Gray debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have two sons. My oldest attended a private school on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and he’s now graduated from college. I was so impressed with the school and[Read More…]