Tag: vouchers

Extra! Extra! More good news about Florida schools

When it comes to Florida’s public education system, good news does not travel fast. The latest examples: Two encouraging reports that got zero traction in mainstream media circles. The first is a rigorous study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. It found that as America’s largest private school[Read More…]

Senate moves closer to expanding income-based scholarship programs

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted along party lines today to bolster and align two state scholarship programs that provide education choice to economically disadvantaged students. SB 1220, a bill that spells out rules for teacher training and qualifications, also includes provisions aimed at aligning policies between the new Family Empowerment Scholarship, adopted[Read More…]

Sending out an SOS in Arizona

Editor’s note: In case you missed it, click here to listen to Matt Ladner’s recent interview on Phoenix-based public radio station KJZZ. After claiming to have no desire to take choice away from the special populations eligible for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, opponents have filed a ballot proposition to[Read More…]

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House Committee aligns, expands K-12 scholarship opportunities

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted along party lines to give 28,000 more economically disadvantaged students a shot at a K-12 private school option next year. Under HB 7067, the Family Empowerment Scholarship program, which is serving 18,000 students in its first year, would be allowed to serve as many[Read More…]

The state of the (teachers) union

Somebody in the White House has been thinking. President Trump’s recent State of the Union address, while wanting perhaps in style, included a truly clever turn of the screw. Trump stole an issue only Cory Booker among the Democrats dared to touch – school choice for low income families. Booker[Read More…]

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Senate Education Committee approves school choice bills

TALLAHASSEE – Bills that would align two scholarship programs for lower-income students, speed the opening of charter schools, and make it easier for private high school students to participate in college dual enrollment programs all won approval from the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. SB 1220, a bill that spells out[Read More…]

archivED: Remembering the rebels

Editor’s note: During this holiday season, redefinED is republishing our best articles of 2019 – those features and commentaries that deserve a second look. This article from Step Up For Students’ director of policy and public affairs Ron Matus was part of our “Education Revolution” series marking the 20th anniversary[Read More…]

archivED: Revisiting a podcast with Marcus Brandon

Editor’s note: Each Saturday in November, redefinED is reprising a podcast from our archives, reminding readers that we have a wealth of audio content to complement our written blog posts. Today, we revisit a September 2015 interview with a voucher advocate who has fought for the educational rights of disabled[Read More…]