Florida lawmakers recognized for work on education
Amelia Hamilton | June 24, 2016|   0
Eight Florida lawmakers — seven Republicans and one Democrat — were recognized by the Florida Coalition of School Board Members for their work on education reform. “The coalition shares [values] with many of the decision makers in Tallahassee, but specifically the ones we gave awards to, things that really brought us into being: supporting parental […]
The educational establishment is holding kids hostage, and threatening parents with prison
The educational establishment is holding kids hostage, and threatening parents with prison
Amelia Hamilton | June 23, 2016|   63
Some Florida parents are so desperate to get their kids out of failing schools that they’re willing to risk a felony conviction and five years in prison to find a better learning environment. Sound crazy? It does, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. “Imagine getting carted off in cuffs and doing hard time for the […]
Nanny State of the Week: Florida couple still fighting for their vegetable garden
Nanny State of the Week: Florida couple still fighting for their vegetable garden
Eric Boehm | June 20, 2016|   131
Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts are suing Miami Shores after the town threatened to fine the couple $50 per day for their front-yard vegetable garden.
Black pastors speak out for school choice
Amelia Hamilton | May 26, 2016|   1
A hundred African-American pastors are speaking out in support of school choice, asking the Florida NAACP to drop out of a lawsuit that threatens a program that helps underprivileged children.
Legal victory for two Florida school choice programs
Legal victory for two Florida school choice programs
Heather Kays | May 24, 2016|   46
A Florida judge on Tuesday ruled two school choice programs constitutional, allowing tens of thousands of students in the Sunshine State to continue to receive scholarship funding. Judge George Reynolds of the Second Circuit Court of Leon County gave the go-ahead to both the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, which grants low-income families with scholarships raised by private donations, […]
Black ministers ask NAACP to drop fight against Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program
Heather Kays | May 11, 2016|   13
A coalition of more than 100 African-American ministers in Florida formed to ask the NAACP to withdraw from a lawsuit against the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. The lawsuit brought by the Florida Education Association, the state NAACP chapter, the League of Women Voters and other groups challenges the constitutionality of the program, which now […]
NAACP should support school choice, says former local president
Amelia Hamilton | May 11, 2016|   1
Former president of the Jacksonville NAACP and lifetime member R.B. Holmes writes that the organization needs to join the fight for school choice. He wrote in the Tallahassee Democrat: “The NAACP I know fought for equal opportunity for all boys and girls, not just those fortunate enough to live in a wealthy zip code with a […]
Florida appeals court to hear tax credit scholarship arguments
Amelia Hamilton | May 10, 2016|   3
A Florida appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday regarding the state’s tax credit scholarship program. More than 78,000 low-income students are using the program to attend private schools. The statewide teachers union, the state chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups filed a lawsuit against the program in 2014, which was dismissed by […]
Reviving school choice in Florida
John Bicknell | May 05, 2016|   3
Florida state Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. says the “complacency” that has plagued the school-choice movement in Florida was swept away by enactment of a massive education bill this spring, and there’s more to come. “What I heard from my colleagues was, ‘So much has been done, we have to see what works.’ I’m saying, ‘We don’t […]
Former Florida teachers union chief sentenced to more prison time
Amelia Hamilton | April 22, 2016|   4
Pat Santeramo, former head of the Broward Teacher’s Union in Florida, has been sentenced to an additional 18 months in prison after he serves a five-year prison term. He received the five-year sentence last week for a union kickback scheme from which he received $165,000, and the judge tacked on the extra time beyond the […]