Vouchers

Towards a united front on school choice

Vouchers, here. Charters, there. Virtual, over there. Politically, school choice sectors have been islands. But there are signs the movement is building bridges to advance common goals. Florida’s lead here surfaced at this week’s American Federation for Children summit, during a panel discussion on just that topic. In the Sunshine[Read More…]

Gov. Mike Pence: Expanded school choice helps traditional public schools, too

Speaking to school choice die-hards Monday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence took aim at a common criticism of expanded learning options and encouraged supporters to make teachers part of their case. “Let’s be very clear in this debate … iron sharpens iron,” Pence told several hundred people gathered at the fourth[Read More…]

Florida offers answers to North Carolina’s questions about school choice

Editor’s note: This op-ed was published on the Raleigh News & Observer website last night. The debate over a private learning option for poor schoolchildren in North Carolina has a familiar ring to it because Florida faced similar fears a dozen years ago. But a targeted and accountable scholarship can[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: teacher unions, teacher pay, school spending & more

Private schools. The principal of Seminole High in Pinellas is leaving to take the top job at Indian Rocks Christian. Gradebook. Charter schools. Funding for charters, vouchers and tax credit scholarships figure into Duval’s budget considerations. First Coast News. Kiera Wilmot. Mom: “We’ve been a living a nightmare.” Orlando Sentinel.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Charlie Crist, FLVS, accountability gaming & more

Charter schools. Excel Leadership Academy in West Palm Beach makes its case to stay open before an administrative law judge, reports Extra Credit. The Daytona Beach News Journal looks at a struggling charter in Flagler. Virtual schools. The Palm Beach Post looks at the potential financial hit to Florida Virtual School[Read More…]