James Madison Institute
Policy Brief

The Wave of the Future

Why 'Micro' Education Merits Greater Attention from Policymakers
William Mattox | August 15, 2016

When teen golfer Abbey Carlson speaks of “flight time,” she could just as easily be talking about the timespan one of her drives stays in the air as she could the aviation schedule for her next solo excursion in the plane she helped build. Carlson, you see, is a 2016 graduate of an innovative “school of the future” in Central Florida that has offerings in both golf and aviation. Yet, the “school of the future” tag probably has more to do with the school’s unique structure than it does the diverse array of courses and extracurricular activities that helped Carlson land a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University. To understand this structure, think college – not high school. 

No Place for A Child: Direct File of Juveniles Comes at a High Cost; Time to Fix Statutes

Deborrah Brodsky, Sal Nuzzo | February 11, 2016

At the turn of the 20th century, advocates of an alternate court process for juveniles highlighted problems that existed with prosecuting court-involved children in adult court where they principally faced punishment and surveillance. As an alternative, these advocates established juvenile courts, which reduced the severity of punishment and combined it with rehabilitative regimes and programs aimed at turning children’s lives around.

Solar Carve Outs in the Sunshine State

Putting Cronyism in the Florida Constitution
Sal Nuzzo, James Taylor | December 16, 2015

Over the next 12 months, a battle will be waged in the Sunshine State -- over the sunshine itself. Voters in Florida will likely consider at least one, and possibly two amendments to the Florida Constitution that decide whether the solar power industry will be able to write its own rules and make crony capitalism a protected right under the Florida Constitution – for the benefit of the solar power industry alone.