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Florida House OKs $200 million voucher expansion, says schools can still ban LGBTQ students
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Mar 10, 5:26 AM: The Florida House voted to expand the state’s voucher programs Monday, making students from some middle-income families eligible for scholarships to pay private school tuition.
In Florida, school choice should not exist without school accountability | Opinion
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Mar 10, 5:07 AM: The Florida House on Monday passed legislation that will greatly expand school vouchers in our state. I was proud to stand in opposition to this misguided bill, which will hurt public-school students and does nothing to improve >
‘I can work at my own pace’: St. Pete 6th grader advocates for school choice
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Mar 10, 5:02 AM: Ley was diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and severe depressive disorder when she was younger. Shortly thereafter, her mother enrolled her in an online public school called Florida Cyber Charter Academy.
Florida shouldn’t fund anti-LGBTQ bias with private school vouchers
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Mar 6, 7:43 AM: For all the talk of “market forces” and “parent power,” the school choice movement has a dark side. And it is currently on full display.
Opinion: If charter schools are 'not as good as advertised,' why are families flocking to them?
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Mar 4, 9:33 AM: Surely the fact that parents are seeking out charter schools, forming queues on waitlists, and coming back year after year demonstrates perceived value. Those families’ choices tell us that charter schools are meeting their >
Two charter schools hoping to open in August
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Mar 2, 8:26 AM: Kelly Harkins-De La Cruz is hoping to open the doors to a dual-language school — Mi Escuela Montessori — in the fall somewhere in the Lakeland-Mulberry-Bartow triangle. Mi Escuela was one of two charter schools that presented their >
Opinion: Florida charter schools: From innovators to pariahs
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Mar 2, 6:40 AM: The first charter school opened in Florida in 1996. The original intent was to turn over managerial and financial control to administrators in public schools and to allow teachers to use innovative teaching methods. Successful >
Column: Why Florida’s charter schools need more scrutiny
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Feb 28, 6:47 AM: The first charter school opened in Florida in 1996. The original intent was to turn over managerial and financial control to administrators in public schools and to allow teachers to use innovative teaching methods. Successful >
State scholarship programs succeed by giving all children educational opportunity | Opinion
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Feb 27, 8:52 AM: The recent attack on Florida’s tax credit scholarship program undermines a fundamental goal that our nation has worked toward for the past 60 years: Giving all children the best possible K-12 education in order to prepare them to >
I’m a charter school teacher. My kids learn and succeed. We need more charter schools. | Opinion
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Feb 27, 7:46 AM: A longtime charter school teacher in Palm Beach County writes that charter schools provide children with opportunities that aren’t available to them in their zoned often low-performing schools. "After my experience in the education >
Opinion:Florida charter schools: from innovators to pariahs
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Feb 27, 6:43 AM: During the current session the Legislature wants to divert more tax revenue — from local property taxes— to charter school facilities through HB 7097. It makes no sense to throw money at schools that have a 40 percent chance of >
Florida voucher program headed toward expansion
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Feb 26, 6:26 AM: After starting a school-voucher program last year, Florida lawmakers appear ready to speed up its expansion.
Opinion: State scholarship programs succeed by giving all children educational opportunity
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Feb 25, 9:33 AM: Every child — whether they are from a minority family or low-income household, disabled, a nonnative English speaker or dealing with a reality that could hold a person back – deserves the same chance at success as every other child >
Opinion: Corporations hurt low-income and minority students by pulling school choice funding
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Feb 24, 10:00 AM: Her statement is incorrect, and her efforts are unintentionally hurting the very children she is claiming to help. First, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students regardless of their sexual >
Chartered: Florida is No. 2 in the country for charter school closures
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Feb 19, 7:27 AM: Lincoln Memorial Academy was a charter school located in Palmetto. The school opened in 2018. One year later, the school was returned to the Manatee County School system after it was discovered the water was going to be shut off >
Opinion: Are election-year politics at work in Florida school vouchers?
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Feb 19, 6:49 AM: A newspaper reports that private schools using public money discriminate against certain children and adults. The state legislature tells those schools that they can’t take state money. Right? Not in Florida, home of the voucher >
Beyond the spin is a grim reality: Nearly half of FL grads who took rigorous AP exams failed
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Feb 18, 9:39 AM: Florida officials raved last week when statewide results were released for the tough advanced placement exams that can help high school kids earn credits for college classes.
Senate committee advances strict turnaround school bill, calls for changes
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Feb 18, 6:30 AM: Saying Florida needs to “step on the gas” to rid itself of F-rated schools, state Sen. Dennis Baxley on Monday pressed his Senate Education Committee colleagues to advance his bill that would accelerate the time frame in which the >
‘School choice’ is dividing Florida Democrats along racial lines. Could it help Donald Trump?
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Feb 14, 6:35 AM: In Florida, where elections are won and lost on razor-thin margins, seemingly minuscule shifts in enthusiasm and turnout with demographics can be decisive.
Influencer of the Week: Daniela Patino, Renaissance Charter School at Crown Point
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Feb 13, 7:47 AM: Daniela Patino exemplifies the passion, the professionalism and the love for students that Renaissance Charter School at Crown Point is so proud to boast.

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