Voucher Left

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…]

Back to the future on a school choice odyssey

SNOW HILL, Ala. – There isn’t much left of Snow Hill Institute, an all-black school that once drew thousands of students to this backwoods speck from as far as Mobile and New Orleans. A half-dozen empty buildings, red brick and rotting wood-frame, conjure a century’s worth of ghosts. H.K. Matthews,[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…]

archivED: Progressives have long supported vouchers, education choice

Editor’s note: Each Saturday in October, redefinED will revive a post from our archives that speaks to the rich and sometimes surprising history of education choice in the United States. Today’s post, which first appeared in 2012, is nevertheless still relevant, reminding us it’s impossible to stereotype families who use vouchers and[Read More…]

From public school teacher to rebel for educational choice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – First day of school. Pick-up time. As 375 giddy students clotted in The Foundation Academy  courtyard, Nadia Hionides, the K-12 school’s founder and principal, made the rounds. She asked returning students how their summers went. She asked the new ones if they made new friends yet. One[Read More…]

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Lessons from a school choice trailblazer

Editor’s note: Throughout August, redefinED is revisiting stories that shine a light on extraordinary educators. Today’s spotlight, first published in June 2016, tells the story of civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, who is best known for founding the private, faith-based school that became Bethune-Cookman University. Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis asked[Read More…]