Good News Out of Florida: Parents Choose and More Kids Finish College

This post by Erika Sanzi originally posted on Good School Hunting. “Comparing FTC students with demographically and academically similar students who remained in public schools, we find a positive impact on college enrollment in every sector.” – Urban Institute They say that “If it bleeds, it leads” and perhaps that’s the explanation for such anemic […]

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Schools Are Not Churches and Corcoran Is Not The Devil

Richard Corcoran Swearing In Ceremony Florida Speaker of the House

Did you hear? Florida has just hired a fox to guard the public school henhouse and the newspapers are lamenting the impending death of “public education” in the Sunshine state. If you’re confused, or if you’re simply not so melodramatic, all they’re saying is that the former Speaker of the House, Richard Corcoran, just got […]

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Rekindling the Heritage of an Unconquered Indian Tribe

Joy Prescott is a fourth-grade math teacher at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Florida and the 2019 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. This post originally appeared on the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ blog. Over the course of almost two centuries, Florida’s Seminoles endured three wars with the U.S. government, resisted numerous efforts […]

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Is Florida’s Election Fiasco a Teachable Moment?

It’s probably too early in the process to really know what all the lessons will be from Florida’s latest election mishaps. But I know one thing for sure. Young voters and soon-to-be voters are paying attention. After the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, students showed up in force to […]

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Ron DeSantis May “Monkey This Up,” But Is He Racist?

Monkey it up Ron DeSantis Andrew Gillum

If you ask Twitter, Republican Ron DeSantis is obviously a racist. In a Fox News interview after his primary win Tuesday night, he said Andrew Gillum, the black nominee for governor on the Democratic ticket, was “articulate,” but that Florida doesn’t need to “Monkey this up.” That's not a dog whistle. Or a human whistle […]

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Florida Needs Another Path For Charter Schools

Elementary school students writing in classroom

This post appeared originally on The Capitolist. Amendment 8 may not be on the ballot come November, but we can’t ignore the issue it was trying to address. Charter schools have a legitimate place in our state. They’re written into our laws because they give families a public-school option (and hope) when their zoned school […]

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