The Push for Better Schools Is Paying Off in Florida

KIPP Jacksonville To and through college

If you live in Florida, and especially if you have children here, there’s good news for you (well, for us): Florida schools are getting better. Maybe you’ve noticed recent news lamenting the fact that students in this country, on average, have made virtually no progress in the last decade. All the charts and graphs show […]

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At KIPP Jacksonville, #CollegeSigningDay Starts in Fifth Grade

Student smiles on stage with administrators during College Signing Day At KIPP Jacksonville

This post originally appeared on Education Post One by one, 34 high school seniors walked across the stage set up in the gymnasium at KIPP Jacksonville’s campus. Whoops, screams and vigorous applause nearly drown out Pharrell’s “Happy” blasting through the speakers. They found their seats and looked out into a crowd of middle and elementary […]

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Are Book Vending Machines the New Book Mobiles?

Kids choose a book from a custom book vending machine

Take a closer look at this image. Those kids aren’t lining up for candy or soda. They’re making book selections. I guess it started with vending machines selling snacks and sodas. Then we saw creative vending machines selling healthy stuff or electronics at the airport, then Redbox came out with DVD rentals. Heck, just yesterday […]

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School Choice Scholarships Help Students Like Me

This post originally appeared in The Lakeland Ledger. I was born drug-addicted. I grew up poor with a single mother. I was destined to become a high school dropout, a teen mom, or worse. But I’m not any of those things. Instead, I’m completing my first year at Valencia College in Orlando, and I have […]

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School Choice Is a Great Thing. Now, Parents Need Better Choices — and More of Them

(This post originally appeared on The 74) When the call came in two weeks ago, I thought it might be another spammer. I didn’t recognize the number, but I answered anyway. “Hello, is this Mr. Wright?” “Yes, this is Lane.” “Hi. I’m calling from the School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre location. I’m […]

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