Vouchers

Truth, freedom, choice

See! A disenchanted nation Spring like day from desolation; To Truth its state is dedicate, And Freedom leads it forth, her mate; — Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Prometheus Unbound” Shelley got it right; truth and freedom are inseparable. And, when it comes to schooling, the two join in the long-established freedom[Read More…]

school choice

Scholarship expansion for low-income students wins final approval in House

The Florida House passed a bill today that would expand and align two state scholarship programs that provide education choice to economically disadvantaged students. A similar Senate bill is scheduled to be heard Tuesday. The House voted 81 to 39, with eight Democrats joining the Republican majority, to approve HB[Read More…]

House amends K-12 scholarship expansion bill to track Senate version

The Florida House approved changes to a bill that would bolster and align two state scholarship programs that provide education choice to economically disadvantaged students. The changes, approved on a voice vote, line up HB 7067 to nearly match a Senate version, SB 1220, that won approval in the Senate[Read More…]

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…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship eased journey for college-bound high school senior

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Carlos Escobar, a popular and successful senior at Classical Christian School For The Arts, will be graduating in May. But his walk across the stage won’t begin to describe the twisting road he traveled to get there. Carlos was born in Puerto Rico and entered the[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…]

family empowerment scholarship

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…]

school choice

Senate votes to expand Family Empowerment Scholarship

The Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee voted 5-3 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 last[Read More…]