Tag: tax credit scholarships

Florida is overcoming ‘systemic privilege’ by putting students before the ‘system’

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, director of the Marshall Center for Educational Options at the James Madison Institute, appeared Friday on RealClear Policy. Throughout America, a very important – and highly racialized – conversation is taking place about overcoming injustice. Here in Florida, that conversation has often gone[Read More…]

Diverse choices in education provide opportunity

Editor’s note: This commentary from Denisha Merriweather, director of public relations and content marketing at the American Federation for Children and founder of Black Minds Matter, appeared Thursday on orlandosentinel.com. As the Black daughter of a 16-year-old mother raised in poverty in Jacksonville, I was delighted to see Jones High[Read More…]

American Federation for Children future leader Nanya Morris-El on the importance of role models in beating the odds

Editor’s note: This profile is the third in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Ask Nanya Morris-El the secret of his success and he’ll respond without hesitation: powerful role models and[Read More…]

How Florida’s school choice programs create good citizens

Editor’s note: This commentary from John Legg, co-founder and CFO of Dayspring Academy charter school, appeared this morning in the Tampa Bay Times. Legg served as chairman of the Senate K-12 Committee from 2012-16, speaker pro-tempore of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-12, and chairman of the House K-12[Read More…]

American Federation For Children future leader Hera Varmah on overcoming challenges, being a role model

Editor’s note: This profile is the second in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Hera Varmah had a dream as far back as middle school: to go to college, learn how[Read More…]

Word for Word: School choice mom Lina Zelcer on HB 7045

Editor’s note: At a bill signing ceremony Tuesday for school choice bill HB 7045, which is projected to expand education choice to 61,000 additional students, parents spoke to lawmakers about how this landmark legislation will impact their families’ lives. Among them was Lina Zelcer of Miami Beach, whose daughter, Chana[Read More…]

Shakespeare, small engine repair and a ‘melting pot that works’

Editor’s note: Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog, administers five state education choice programs, including three used by students who attend The Pioneer School. ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – As the sun rises and smoke wisps from a diffuser, 16 students sit cross-legged in a century-old house with a[Read More…]

Commentary: Private school scholarship proposal would serve Nebraska well

Editor’s note: This powerful opinion piece from Ashley Elliott, a member of the 2019 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leadership Fellowship, appeared today on the Omaha World Herald. Elliott attended Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Nebraska State Sen. Michaela Cavanaugh of[Read More…]