Tax Credit Scholarships

School choice bill will be ‘game changer’ for Pennsylvania schoolchildren

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation that would establish a state-funded education savings account that families could use to cover the cost of private school tuition or homeschooling. Rep. Andrew Lewis’  Excellent Education for All Act would create Keystone Hope Scholarships, increase funding for the state’s tax credit program for businesses[Read More…]

The ‘education machine’ made this educator leave teaching – then she founded her own school

Editor’s note: Denisha Merriweather, director of family engagement at the American Federation for Children and founder of Black Minds Matter, recently interviewed Arianne Craig Jolla, who had dreamed of being a teacher since she was in fourth grade. Frustrated with school administrators who expected her to “teach to the test,”[Read More…]

New LIBRE Initiative leader sees education freedom as ‘ultimate endgame’

As a kid whose family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1992, Daniel Martinez knows what it’s like to suddenly have choices after years of living without them. He also knows it takes hard work to build the American dream from scratch. “My mom taught herself cosmetology, and[Read More…]

The 20-year-old scholarship success that might not have been

Twenty years ago, on June 13, 2001, Gov. Jeb Bush signed HB 21, a taxation relief bill that carried within it Florida’s third private school scholarship program. The program, then called the Florida Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship, would enroll its first students in the spring of 2002 and would[Read More…]

American Federation For Children future leader Hunter Hickson on consistent action, service to others

Editor’s note: This profile is the fourth 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. Despite growing up as one of four children in a single-parent household, Hunter Hickson had no idea[Read More…]

SUFS president Doug Tuthill featured on national podcast

For more than a decade, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has hosted a weekly podcast, the Education Gadfly Show. On this week’s episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill joins Mike Petrilli, the Fordham Institute’s president and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and David Griffith, a[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…]

Video: Dispelling myths about those terrible, horrible, no good private schools!

There’s no end to the doozies perpetuated by some folks who don’t like education choice. In Florida, there’s even a whole category of doozies devoted to smearing private schools. This year’s debate over HB 7045 was full of them. Some of these myths have been around for years, but somehow,[Read More…]