Students

Education choice groups across the country look to students to ramp up advocacy efforts

Isabella Paez has always embraced advocacy. The whip-smart Florida 15-year-old is proud of her Cuban-American heritage and is active in school clubs that promote business ethics and social justice. A lover of literature, her favorite book is “The Hate U Give,” the 2017 New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas[Read More…]

A school choice scholarship changed this LGBTQ student’s life – and may have saved it

  Editor’s note: To hear Lamisha Stephens and her son, Marquavis Wilson, tell the story in their own words, watch the video at the end of this post. HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – In fourth and fifth grades, Marquavis Wilson was tormented because of his sexual identity. In public schools, he was[Read More…]

In her own words: A Step Up Scholar on the most important thing she learned in high school

Editor’s note: Isabella Garcia, a senior at La Progresiva Presbyterian School in South Florida, wrote this essay as part of her college application. Located in a working-class section of Miami, La Progresiva serves 622 students who qualify for Florida Tax Credit Scholarships. Isabella’s essay came to redefinED unsolicited and is[Read More…]